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Primrose Path (1940)

Approved | | Drama | 22 March 1940 (USA)
A young woman from a sleazy family falls in love with an ambitious nice guy; when he finds out the truth about her background, their romance becomes jeopardized.

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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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Le lys du ruisseau  »

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$702,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

'The Primrose Path' opened at the Biltmore Thater on January 4, 1939 and ran for 166 performances. 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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Referenced in Choose Me (1984) See more »

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Under-Appreciated Small Gem
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I saw this for the first time during TCM's marvelous marathon of Oscar- nominated films in advance of the Academy Awards. I've been on a non- dancing Ginger Rogers kick and she plays Ellie May,uneducated but spunky,self-confident and independent. She needs to get away from the family shack in a post-Depression shanty-town outside of San Francisco where she lives with Mamie, her hooker-with-heart-of-gold mother, Homer, her drunk of a dad, a nasty, slatternly grandmother, and Honeybell, her precocious Granny acolyte played by Joan Carroll. Ellie May gets picked up by Gramp, played by the always charming Charles Travers, who takes her to a cafe run by Ed, played by the always- charming Joel McCrae. She re-invents herself some when she gets a job at the cafe and it helps her adapt to a life outside of the slums. Ellie May and Ed fall in love and marry and are living pretty happily until a chance meeting with Mamie crashes the house of cards Ellie May thought she built. Ginger Rogers plays Ellie May much like Kitty Foyle - feisty, determined,with a soft spot for family. It is a wonderfully strong performance set off perfectly by Joel McCrae's quick wit and dry humor. it's a small movie but well worth the viewing.


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