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Primrose Path (1940)

Approved | | Drama | 22 March 1940 (USA)
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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Ed Wallace
Marjorie Rambeau ...
Mamie Adams
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Gramp
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Homer
Queenie Vassar ...
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Honeybell
Vivienne Osborne ...
Thelma
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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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This film missed out on well deserved Oscar nominations because of its risqué material, such as the clear themes of prostitution and alcoholism. It ran into trouble with the Hollywood censor boards in many scenes, which is why Ginger Rogers did not receive an Oscar nomination (which she should have done in many people's opinion). 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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Crazy Credits

Shown during opening credits: We live, not as we wish to, but as we can. --Menander, 300 BC See more »

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25 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

this version(the only one I have seen) takes place in the fishing industry of Monterey California. It not only takes place in the famous stomping grounds of John Steinbeck but is as interesting as many of his stories such as Cannery Row and Tortilla Flat. Like a good Steinbeck story it about the poor and the very poor. The lower working class that struggles to survive and the even less fortunate. Ginger Rogers' family is made up of the even less fortunate.A kind mother who sells herself to keep a roof over their head and at the same time takes care of an alcoholic husband. Well acted by real troopers of the early thirties and well worth watching. Snappy dialogue and some wonderful shots of Montereys' scenic coast are an added plus. The Blue Bell Cafe is mentioned often in this film and was an actual popular establishment in the town of Monterey.


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