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A Life of Her Own (1950)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1 September 1950 (USA)
Small town Kansas girl, Lily James, is the latest model working for the Thomas Callaway Agency in New York City. Despite her small town roots, Lily is street-wise because of her tough ... See full summary »

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Small town Kansas girl, Lily James, is the latest model working for the Thomas Callaway Agency in New York City. Despite her small town roots, Lily is street-wise because of her tough growing up experiences, and as such she is a good judge of character. She believes she can escape her troubles through professional success. Because of her hard work ethic, she quickly does rise to the top of her profession. She attracts the attention of Steve Harleigh, a wealthy copper mine owner. Despite they both knowing that nothing can come between them, they fall in love. The issues are that he lives and works in Montana, and that he is already married. Steve feels guilty about his marital infidelity as his wife, Nora, is physically disabled from a car accident in which he was the cause. Lily has to decide if her own happiness is worth destroying the life of a woman - an invalid - she's never met. Written by Huggo

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1 September 1950 (USA)  »

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The Abiding Vision  »

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$1,818,000 (estimated)
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Wendell Corey was originally cast as Steve Harleigh, but after a disagreement with co-star Lana Turner, he was replaced with Ray Milland. See more »

Goofs

Lily James appears as "Top Model" on the cover of a Life magazine being read by Jim Leversoe. The scene immediately dissolves to the cover of the same Life magazine in a plane with Steve Harleigh, but the cover shot of the Life magazine on the plane is an entirely different pose (but the same outfit and hairdo). See more »

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Mary Ashlon: Nobody can help anybody.
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A Life of Her Own
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Music by Bronislau Kaper
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Interesting period piece...
10 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I loved Lana Turner in" The Postman Always Rings Twice", and was interested to see her portray what was considered a top model in the 1950's.

She basically portrays a bored woman from Kansas who comes to NY to "become someone".She meets Ann Dvorak as Mary, who is a top model on her way down,presumably from getting too high too fast, and drug use. Some of her scenes are the most memorable as she reflects on the void and banality of her profession.It is a double-edged sword once a girl has reached the top.

7urner does not see this, climbs her way to the top and has an affair with married executive Ray Milland.He does not come off as a sympathetic character, his wife is disabled.Some of the scenes with Turner as his mistress are a bit forced,and hard to believe. Chalk this up to the time period, as the reality of her situation could not be portrayed.

Overall worth seeing for Lana and performance by Ann Dvorak.8/10.


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