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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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(as Gregory LaCava)

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(screen play), (screen play) (as Gregory LaCava) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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

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19 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of Gregory La Cava's last pictures and doesn't seem to be very well known. Film critic Andrew Sarris didn't seem to think much of it in his book The American Cinema, and rates it as one of his lower pictures. I never would of watched this movie before until i discovered how great Ginger Rogers was and now i want to watch all her films. Rogers plays a poor girl who lives in the slums with a drunk father, a prostitute for a mother and some other relatives. Rogers has no interest in guys until she meets Joel McCrea at a restaurant and they wind up married. She lies about her family to him and it causes some problems between them. Ginger Rogers is good as usual and Joel McCrea is very good as the husband.


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