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A Life of Her Own (1950)

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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Complete credited cast:
Tom Caraway
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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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Release Date:

1 September 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Abiding Vision  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »


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 »


Lily Brannel James: I could put lipstick on like this too.
Steve Harleigh: Yeah, I know.
Lily Brannel James: That's right... you know.
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A Life of Her Own
Music by Bronislau Kaper
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Watching the stars.
4 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Call me an old romantic fool, but I liked this film. If you've ever been foolishly in love, you'll relate. But just watching the beautiful Lana ~ though yes, age was creeping up ~ you knew she was a favorite of audiences NOT only because she was gorgeous. Ray Milland plays it tightly, but good heavens, in those days men did not emote, so give the guy a break. Barry Sullivan, always a loved slightly seedy fellow, handsome as ever, and Jean Hagen and Margaret Phillips lent solid support. Phillips, who played the disabled wife, died at age 61; now I have to go research how and why. She was a very active performer. And how about the unusually elegant Tom Ewell? Great stuff. Enjoy it on a rainy Sunday morning.

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