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Primrose Path (1940)

Approved  |   |  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 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 <>

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22 March 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le lys du ruisseau  »

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(RCA Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Ginger Rogers dyed her hair brunette for the film, but kept it secret until the film was released. She also wore no makeup in the role. See more »


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 »


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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6 July 2003 | by (15th Row Orchestra) – See all my reviews

It was fun seeing Virginia McMath a.k.a.Ginger Rogers at age 29. As I watched this film on Turner Classic Movies I saw a resemblance and body language very much like Doris Day's. Bubbly!! I found the film interesting because here Hollywood was, back in 1940, handling the theme of prostitution which is handled quite differently today. I'd say in 1940 it was done tastefully compared to the trash we see today.

Joel McCrea was the same mild mannered, easy going type that made him famous while the film was stolen by meddlesome witchy Queenie Vassar playing Ginger's maternal grandmother and Miles Mander playing Ginger's highly intelligent has-been drunk father once well acquainted with Greek philosophy.

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