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Lilac Time (1928)

All of those handsome young men in their flying machines are billeted in a field next to the Widow Berthelot's farmhouse in France. Her daughter Jeannine is curious about the young men ... See full summary »

Directors:

George Fitzmaurice, Frank Lloyd (uncredited)

Writers:

Jane Cowl (play), Guy Fowler (book) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colleen Moore ... Jeannine Berthelot
Gary Cooper ... Capt. Philip Blythe
Eugenie Besserer ... Madame Berthelot
Burr McIntosh ... Gen. Blythe
Kathryn McGuire ... Lady Iris Rankin
Cleve Moore ... Capt. Russell (flight commander)
Arthur Lake ... The Unlucky One
Richard Jarvis Richard Jarvis ... Aviator
Jack Stoney ... The Kid
Dan Dowling Dan Dowling ... Aviator
Dick Grace Dick Grace ... Aviator
Stuart Knox Stuart Knox ... Aviator
Jack Ponder Jack Ponder ... Aviator
Harlan Hilton Harlan Hilton ... Aviator
George Cooper ... Sergeant Hawkins
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Storyline

All of those handsome young men in their flying machines are billeted in a field next to the Widow Berthelot's farmhouse in France. Her daughter Jeannine is curious about the young men fighting for England in World War I and their airplanes. Then one of the aviators is killed. His replacement is Captain Philip Blythe who can't help but notice Jeannine. When he lands the first time, she is standing in the middle of his "runway." She makes a more favorable impression when he sees her later by the lilacs. When all of the young men depart on a mission, Blythe promises to return. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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TREMENDOUS SPECTACLE, when scores of fighting airplanes come to death grips in the skies...STIRRING ROMANCE in the glorious love of a maid of Normandy for a daredevil flier who goes up on his last trip in the face of new found love. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

18 October 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love Never Dies See more »

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Production Co:

First National Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (musical score and sound effects)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original Broadway production of "Lilac Time" by Jane Cowl and Jane Murfin opened at the Theater Republic on February 6, 1917 and ran for 176 performances. The cast included Cowl herself, as well as Orme Caldara, Harry Crocker Charles Esdale, Lawrence Grant, Charles Hampden, Felix Krembs, Mayne Lynton, Cecil Owen, Henry Stephenson and Cecil Yapp. See more »

Quotes

Jeannine Berthelot: [inter-title] I cannot let you go, my Philip - I cannot let you go.
Capt. Philip Blythe: [inter-title] Jeannie, I'll come back no matter what happens. I will get back somehow.
Jeannine Berthelot: [inter-title] I will wait for you, my Philip - all my life I'll wait here for you.
Jeannine Berthelot: [inter-title] Goodbye, Lilac Time, my very heart says - je t'aime - I love you - I love you.
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Connections

Featured in Hollywood: End of an Era (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Jeannine, I Dream of Lilac Time
(uncredited)
Music by Nathaniel Shilkret
Lyrics by L. Wolfe Gilbert
Performed by John McCormack
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Provides comedy and drama
22 July 2007 | by nielshellSee all my reviews

British and American pilots launch attacks during World War I from a small town in France. A caring Colleen Moore is dedicated to providing moral support to these pilots. Gary Cooper replaces a downed pilot. Antagonism between Moore and Cooper precedes romance and provides a comic beginning. As romance develops, the pilots, including Cooper, are sent on a dangerous mission. A commercially available release of this film allow interested viewers to find Cooper's fate and the end result of Moore's trials and tribulations to also find his fate. This end of the silent era movie is worth the effort to ferret out for viewing.

The theme song of the motion picture, "Jeannine, I Dream of Lilac Time," is commercially available. It was recorded by well over a hundred top artists, including Louis Armstrong, Skitch Henderson, Guy Lombardo, The London Symphony Orchestra, opera star John McCormack, Mitch Miller, The Platters, Lawrence Welk, and Paul Whiteman. Many of these recordings have been transferred to commercially available CDs. For example, a recording by the composer, Nat Shilkret, is included in the ASV CD "Dancing With Tears In My Eyes," which is available from amazon.com.


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