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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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Gramp
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Homer
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Grandma
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Thelma
Carmen Morales ...
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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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$702,000 (estimated)
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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 Ed is telling off Grandma at the end of the movie, she responds two different times, but her voice is not heard. 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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A Romantic Comedy Stolen By Its Character Actors
9 July 2003 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

his is a heartbreaking movie. It's a romantic comedy -- but only incidentally. Ginger Rogers and Joel McCrea, though good as always, are essentially plot devices.

My only quibble is that, particularly noticeable in their courting scenes, the lower class American grammar is forced and unconvincing.

Gregory La Cava got brilliant performances from Marjorie Rambeau and Miles Mander as a party girl her broken-down alcoholic husband, a scholar of the classics (who are the Rogers character's parents.)

Queenie Vassar is excellent as Rambeau's still gold-digging mother, and Vivienne Osborne is splendid as her friend Thelma.

This will make you smile -- Rogers and McCrea spring to life in the last couple scenes. But it will make you cry and move you much more. At least it did so to me.


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