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Director:
Writers:
Booth Tarkington (novel)
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Release Date:
20 March 1944 (Sweden) See more »
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Judy's a Glamour Girl Now! See more »
Plot:
Talented small-town girl Lily Mars hounds producer John Thornway for a part in his new play, but he... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Weak Script, Score Undercuts Memorable Cast See more (26 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Judy Garland ... Lily Mars

Van Heflin ... John Thornway
Fay Bainter ... Mrs. Thornway

Richard Carlson ... Owen Vail

Spring Byington ... Mrs. Mars

Mártha Eggerth ... Isobel Rekay (as Marta Eggerth)
Connie Gilchrist ... Frankie
Leonid Kinskey ... Leo
Patricia Barker ... Poppy
Janet Chapman ... Violet

Annie Ross ... Rosie (as Annabelle Logan)
Douglas Croft ... Davey
Ray McDonald ... Charlie Potter
Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra ... Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
Bob Crosby Orchestra ... Bob Crosby Orchestra
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Crosby ... Bob Crosby

Tommy Dorsey ... Tommy Dorsey
Abigail Adams ... Woman (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Foncilla Adams ... Showgirl (uncredited)

Bobby Barber ... Busboy (uncredited)
Ray Bauduc ... Drummer - Bob Crosby's Orchestra (uncredited) (unconfirmed)

Barbara Bedford ... Assistant Boardinghouse Manager (uncredited)

Betty Blythe ... Dowager (uncredited)
Eric Braunsteiner ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Judy Carol ... Singer on 'St. Louis Blues' (uncredited)
Pete Carpenter ... Clarinetist in Bob Crosby's Orchestra (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Bill Cartledge ... Dixie Brill - Jockey (uncredited)
Lynne Carver ... Bonnie - Showgirl (uncredited)
Wally Cassell ... Man (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Robert Cauterio ... Captain of Waiters (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Captain of Waiters (uncredited)
Milton Chisholm ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Frank Coghlan Jr. ... Elevator Boy (uncredited)
Cliff Danielson ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Bryn Davis ... Fat Woman (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ... Mrs. Schofield (uncredited)
Bill Dill ... Waiter (uncredited)
Mary Elliott ... Woman (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Virginia Engels ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Virginia Gumm ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Max Herman ... Trumpeter in Bob Crosby's Orchestra (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Marcella Holmes ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Vicky Lane ... Gwen - Showgirl (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Tired Man (uncredited)
Marilyn Maxwell ... Prissy - Showgirl (uncredited)

Claire McDowell ... Dowager (uncredited)
Charles Meakin ... Mayor (uncredited)
Mary Alice Moore ... Script Girl (uncredited)
Alberto Morin ... Man (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Buddy Morrow ... Musician (uncredited)
Al Murphy ... Waiter (uncredited)
Lee Murray ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Remington Olmsted ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Lew Payton ... Andrew - Mrs. Thornway's Butler (uncredited)
Ben Pollack ... Saxophonist in Bob Crosby's Orchestra (unconfirmed) (uncredited)

Frances Rafferty ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Gil Rodin ... Saxophonist in Bob Crosby's Orchestra (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Harry Rosenthal ... Pianist (uncredited)
Gus Schilling ... Scotty - Stage Manager (uncredited)
Almira Sessions ... Boardinghouse Manager (uncredited)
Mabel Smaney ... Fat Woman (uncredited)
Bruce Squires ... Trombonist in Bob Crosby's Orchestra (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Henry Sylvester ... Professor Eggleston (uncredited)
William Tannen ... Eugene Shepherd (uncredited)
Jack Vlaskin ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Charles Walters ... Lily's Dance Partner in Finale (uncredited)
Pat West ... Bartender in Bar (uncredited)
Frank Whitbeck ... Trailer Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Lee Wilde ... Singer with Bob Crosby's Orchestra (uncredited)
Lyn Wilde ... Singer with Bob Crosby's Orchestra (uncredited)
Lillian Yarbo ... Rosa - Isobel's Maid (uncredited)
Joe Yule ... Mike - Stage Doorman (uncredited)

Directed by
Norman Taurog 
 
Writing credits
Booth Tarkington (novel "Presenting Lily Mars")

Richard Connell (screenplay) and
Gladys Lehman (screenplay)

Frances Marion  uncredited
Jack Mintz  contributor to comedy construction (uncredited)

Produced by
Joe Pasternak .... producer (as Joseph Pasternak)
 
Original Music by
George Stoll (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Ruttenberg 
 
Film Editing by
Albert Akst 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Costume Design by
Howard Shoup (gowns) (as Shoup)
 
Makeup Department
William Tuttle .... makeup artist: Judy Garland (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Sergei Petschnikoff .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roy Del Ruth .... director: additional scenes (uncredited)
Dolph Zimmer .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Harry McAfee .... associate art director
Richard Pefferle .... associate set decorator
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Norwood A. Fenton .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Roger Edens .... music adaptor
Merrill Pye .... musical presentation
George Stoll .... musical director (as Georgie Stoll)
Leo Arnaud .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Leo Arnaud .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Bassman .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
George Bassman .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Elinor Davenport .... vocal stand-in: Judy Garland (uncredited)
Muriel Goodspeed .... vocal stand-in: Marta Eggerth (uncredited)
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Alex Hyde .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Joseph Nussbaum .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Virginia Rees .... vocal stand-in: Judy Garland (uncredited)
Nathaniel Shilkret .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Robert Van Eps .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Robert Van Eps .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ernst Matray .... dance director
Charles Walters .... choreographer: finale (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
104 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #8986)

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Trivia:
Garland filmed her performance in the ensemble musical Thousands Cheer (1943) during a break in shooting this movie.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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
When I Look at YouSee more »

FAQ

Was this Judy Garland's first "adult" role?
How did MGM mould Garland from "Oz" to "Mars"?
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Weak Script, Score Undercuts Memorable Cast, 11 June 2007
Author: gftbiloxi (gftbiloxi@yahoo.com) from Biloxi, Mississippi

Loosely based on the 1933 Booth Tarkington novel of the same name, the 1943 PRESENTING LILY MARS can only be described as Americana at its most excessive. The flyweight story concerns a small town teenager (Judy Garland) who has been bitten by the acting bug--and who sees an opportunity when a Broadway producer and director (Van Heflin) hits town on a family visit. She accordingly lays siege to him, and when he rejects her efforts even goes so far as to follow him to New York, begging for a role in current play.

Garland is a knockout in this film, not only at the height of her teenage beauty, but showing considerable comic gifts as well--and then, of course, there is that voice. Van Heflin and a memorable supporting cast are also very attractive, director Norman Taurog keeps everything moving at a nice clip, and everything is done with bang-up production values you expect from MGM. But the movie doesn't have much in the way of either script or plot, nor is the score greatly memorable.

The cast carries their roles quite well, but they are constantly thrown into bits of business and dialogue that are so excessively cute that at times the movie becomes down-right cringe-inducing. The score is pleasant enough, but there's actually very little of it, and the inevitable end-of-the-movie production number has a tacked-on quality. When all is said and done, Garland and company make it worth the trip--but this is one film that will likely give even the most hardcore Garland fan pause.

GFT, Amazon Reviewer

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