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


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 <>

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20 March 1944 (Sweden)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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In the elaborate musical finale, Judy Garland is dancing with an uncredited Charles Walters, who would eventually become one of MGM's top directors and direct Judy herself in both "Easter Parade" and "Summer Stock." See more »


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


Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Judy Garland (1962) See more »


Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son
(1943) (uncredited)
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Played during the opening credits and as background music
Sung by Judy Garland
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Delightfully Entertaining MGM Factory Musical
16 April 2004 | by (Las Vegas NV) – See all my reviews

Presenting Lily Mars is one of a genre of film that sadly seems to have disappeared with the studio system. Ok now that you know my bias, here are some reasons I think this movie does stand out.

1. Although the basic plot - Lily Mars (Judy Garland) goes to New York, becomes a star, and wins the heart of her director (Van Heflin) is a pretty stock Hollywood story of the period, the writers do vary the theme her a bit more than usual. Although Lily gets her big break when the star quits, she isn't successful and has to swallow her pride and go back to playing a minor role in the show.

2. Judy Garland (enough said!)

3. The supporting cast includes some really great performances. Spring Byington as Lily's mother is truely wonderful, as is Fay Bainter (the mother of the director - John Thornway (Van Heflin)). The standout supporting performance though goes to character actress Connie Gilchrist as Frankie, a one time actress turned theater custodian.

Worth a watch for sure. One of those movies that are designed to make you feel better about the world and your dreams.

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