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  (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 ... Themselves
Bob Crosby Orchestra ... Themselves (as Bob Crosby and His 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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104 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #8986)

Did You Know?

Garland filmed her performance in the ensemble musical Thousands Cheer (1943) during a break in shooting this movie.See more »
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:
Every Little Movement (Has a Meaning All Its Own)See more »


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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Every Little Movement, 30 March 2009
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Presenting Lily Mars may have provided Judy Garland with one of the easier roles she had while at MGM because Lily Mars is definitely a character she could identify with. A young girl with talent enough for ten, she knows she has what it takes to make it in the theater no matter how much producer Van Heflin from her home town discourages her.

I really liked Judy in this one as the girl determined to make it in the theater. Because it is Judy Garland with the talent of Judy Garland you in the audience know she has the right stuff even if it takes Van Heflin nearly the whole movie to be convinced.

Both Judy and Heflin hail from the same small town, Heflin's dad was the town doctor who delivered her and Heflin while he may have moved away and become a big producer on Broadway, their respective moms, Fay Bainter and Spring Byington have kept in touch. That's her entrée, but Heflin's constantly barraged with stagestruck kids, but never anyone quite like Lily Mars.

No real big song hits came out of Presenting Lily Mars for Garland, though she sings all her numbers. The best in the film is a revival of that gaslight era chestnut, Every Little Movement Has A Meaning All Its Own. Judy sings it with Connie Gilchrist playing the cleaning lady in a Broadway theater where Heflin's show is being produced. Gilchrist was a star back in the days of the FloraDora Girls and she and Judy deliver the song in grand style with Connie. It's the best scene in the film as Gilchrist encourages Judy to keep at it. Composer Karl Hoschna had died a long time ago, but lyricist Otto Harbach was still alive and I'm betting he liked what he heard.

European musical star Marta Eggerth is in Presenting Lily Mars as the show's star who's at first bemused, then angry and finally, understanding of Garland and Heflin. She did a couple of films with MGM and then went back to Europe for more work on the continent. I'm betting MGM didn't quite know what to do with her and her thick Hungarian accent, though Louis B. Mayer never met a soprano he didn't like.

Van Heflin does well as the patient producer who puts up with a lot from Garland and Eggerth. Heflin was just coming off his Oscar for Johnny Eager the previous year and he and Garland wouldn't appear to be an ideal screen team, but they're not bad together.

Presenting Lily Mars is a fine showcase for the talents of Judy Garland. And she didn't have to share the screen in another backstage film with Mickey Rooney.

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