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Presenting Lily Mars (1943)

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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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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
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Leo
Patricia Barker ...
Poppy
Janet Chapman ...
Violet
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Rosie (as Annabelle Logan)
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Davey
Ray McDonald ...
Charlie Potter
Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra ...
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
Bob Crosby Orchestra ...
Bob Crosby Orchestra
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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 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)  »

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Bemutatjuk Lily Mars-t  »

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Trivia

Judy Garland filmed this along side her other 1943 feature film Girl Crazy (1943). 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

Is It Really Love (Or the Gypsy in Me?)
(1943) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Jurmann
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung by Mártha Eggerth
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Judy at her physical peak...script not in the same league...
17 November 2004 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Too bad that JUDY GARLAND was at her most attractive, photographed with great skill and looking fabulous--while coping with a script that had to be an insult to anyone's intelligence--even way back in 1943!

VAN HEFLIN proves that he had a certain comic flair (although a little exaggerated) and was certainly worthy of a better role than the one he copes with here. Supporting players Spring Byington and Fay Bainter lend solid support--but it's all just too weak in the story department for anyone to overcome the ridiculous script.

Judy manages to get through the material in good shape--showing comic skill in many scenes and emotional maturity in others. The ending is rather predictable and is followed by a show biz finale that seems to be tacked on to give the film a plush fade-out in which Garland has a change to dazzle us with her musical talent. Which she does.

But, all in all, lacks the charm and credibility it should have had to make it truly worth watching. Among the supporting players, Connie Gilchrist and Richard Carlson do some nice work. Carlson is surprisingly gifted at comedy and should have attempted more such roles.

Worth noting: the doorknob business is the only original touch in the whole show!


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