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Primrose Path (1940)

 -  Drama  -  22 March 1940 (USA)
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Girl from the "wrong" side of the tracks falls in love with an ambitious young man from the "right" side of the tracks.

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Ellie May Adams
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Gramp
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Honeybell
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Ellie Mae lives on Primrose Hill with her good-hearted and fancy free mother, her drunken father, her younger sister and a mean-spirited grandmother. The Hill is not a good part of town, however. When she meets and falls for a hard-working man, they marry and she hides her past from him. When he discovers the truth it jeopardizes their marriage. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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22 March 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le lys du ruisseau  »

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Trivia

The movie was banned in Detroit, and to placate censors the character played by Marjorie Rambeau, a prostitute, was killed. See more »

Goofs

When the "Portugee" (Portuguese) girl steps out of the cantina to call Ed back inside, she threatens to cut his ears off in Spanish, not Portuguese. See more »

Quotes

Gramp: The world would be a lot better off if there was no people in it.
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Shown during opening credits: We live, not as we wish to, but as we can. --Menander, 300 BC See more »

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The path she chose
1 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The novel upon which this is based centers on the mother figure, but the Broadway play and film version instead emphasize the growing pains of the oldest daughter. RKO has cast Marjorie Rambeau as the mother and Ginger Rogers as the daughter.

The story is told in simple, straightforward fashion. We glimpse the young woman's desire to break away from a cycle of poverty, as well as attempts to distance herself from her mother. Life changes dramatically when she embarks on a romance with a local restaurateur (Joel McCrea), but due to a set of circumstances beyond her control, she finds herself following her mother's path as a prostitute.

While this is largely a vehicle for Rogers' talents, it is Rambeau that gives a most extraordinary performance as the one whose choices catch up to her in dramatic fashion. Rambeau previously played a destitute mother forced into sin in MGM's Min and Bill, and in this picture, she is revisiting familiar emotional territory.

Rogers and McCrea previously costarred in Chance at Heaven, also for RKO.


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