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Presenting Lily Mars (1943)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  20 March 1944 (Sweden)
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Talented small-town girl Lily Mars hounds producer John Thornway for a part in his new play, but he doesn't want anything to do with stage-struck amateurs. But when Lily follows him to New ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Fay Bainter ...
Mrs. Thornway
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Owen Vail
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Mrs. Mars
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Isobel Rekay (as Marta Eggerth)
Connie Gilchrist ...
Frankie
Leonid Kinskey ...
Leo
Patricia Barker ...
Poppy
Janet Chapman ...
Violet
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Rosie (as Annabelle Logan)
Douglas Croft ...
Davey
Ray McDonald ...
Charlie Potter
Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra ...
Themselves
Bob Crosby Orchestra ...
Themselves (as Bob Crosby and His Orchestra)
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Storyline

Talented small-town girl Lily Mars hounds producer John Thornway for a part in his new play, but he doesn't want anything to do with stage-struck amateurs. But when Lily follows him to New York, he gets to know her better and his opinion of her changes for the better. Then, when the leading lady of the play walks out, Lily gets her big break on Broadway. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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20 March 1944 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Bemutatjuk Lily Mars-t  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the theatrical trailer, Judy Garland is seen in brief clips from some of her previous films: Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937), Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938), The Wizard of Oz (1939) (in a rare alternate take of "Over the Rainbow"), Babes in Arms (1939), and Ziegfeld Girl (1941). See more »

Quotes

John Thornway: There's a lily mars in every town and they're all alike: so full of hope and so hopeless.
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Crazy Credits

Under the single "The End" title, Davey Mars is seen to steal one more doorknob for his collection. See more »

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Spoofs One Hundred Men and a Girl (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Kulebiaka (Russian Rhapsody)
(1943) (uncredited)
Written by Paul Francis Webster and Walter Jurmann
Sung by Judy Garland
Reprised by Mártha Eggerth
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Judy the Great
15 December 2005 | by (BC) – See all my reviews

The film itself is a lopsided affair with some heart and decent performances. It also features the Bob Crosby and Tommy Dorsey orchestras in a couple of notable musical sequences. Although this is Judy Garland's show, MGM strangely showcases operatic star Martha Eggerth a little too much and her presence mostly drags the film into headache territory. Thank God Garland makes up for it with a couple of terrific numbers of her own that show off her flair for comedy as well as singing and dancing.

The story doesn't hit target centre overall but it's not terrible and things do move at a nice pace, and Van Heflin turns in his usual capable performance. Garland simply outshines the material and it's a shame the writers missed so many opportunities for a more balanced and meaningful story.

Not a great film, or maybe even one of Garland's best, but she's great in it and her fans won't be disappointed.


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