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Liliom (1930)

Liliom, a merry-go-round barker at a Budapest amusement park, becomes enamored of Julie, a servant girl, and though under the influence of Madame Muskat, a sideshow entrepreneur, he marries... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

Ferenc Molnár (play) (as Franz Molnar), S.N. Behrman (screenplay and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Charles Farrell ... Liliom
Rose Hobart ... Julie
Estelle Taylor ... Mme. Muscat
H.B. Warner ... Chief Magistrate
Lee Tracy ... The Buzzard
Walter Abel ... Carpenter
Mildred Van Dorn Mildred Van Dorn ... Marie
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Hollinger (as Guinn Williams)
Lillian Elliott Lillian Elliott ... Aunt Hulda
Anne Shirley ... Louise (as Dawn O'Day)
Bert Roach ... Wolf
James A. Marcus James A. Marcus ... Linzman (as James Marcus)
Harvey Clark Harvey Clark ... Angel Gabriel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frankie Genardi Frankie Genardi
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Storyline

Liliom, a merry-go-round barker at a Budapest amusement park, becomes enamored of Julie, a servant girl, and though under the influence of Madame Muskat, a sideshow entrepreneur, he marries the girl. Although he has not been a good provider, Liliom is spurred into action by the discovery that his wife is pregnant and eventually is influenced by his friend Buzzard, to rob a bank cashier so that he can take Julie to America.

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Saint or Siren...Love or Desire? One loved him for what she could take...the other for what she would give. (Print Ad- New York Evening Post, ((New York NY)) 4 October 1930) See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frank Borzage's Liliom by Franz Molnar See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Molnar demurs from giving the character of the ardent carpenter a proper name as a means of illustrating Julie's boundary with all but Liliom. See more »

Quotes

Marie: He takes my hand, like this... Then he wants to swing hands, like this. But I don't let him.
Julie: Is that what you call "flirting"
Marie: Uh-huh. It's sinful, but it's awfully thrilling. For a long time I don't let him.
[Chuckles]
Marie: Until in the end, I let him. The we walk along swinging hands, up and down, up and down, just like this. That's passionate love.
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Connections

Featured in Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of Movies (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Dream of Romance
Music by Richard Fall
Lyrics by Marcella Gardner
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He hit me and I felt like a kiss.
13 September 2006 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Although Lang's version is more famous,Borzage's work is not devoid of interest ,far from it:its "celestial" sequences are even better.The metaphor of the train (perhaps borrowed from the ending of Abel Gance's "la roue" ) is eventually more convincing than the "up above" heavenly world.

Borzage's tenderness for his characters shows in Marie's character and love beyond the grave is one of his favorite subjects (the ending of "three comrades" ).The amusement park seems to be everywhere: we see it even when we are in Marie's poor house.I do not think that the sets are that much cheesy,they are stylized to a fault.The fair from a distance almost gives a sci-fi feel to the movie.

Borzage never forgets his social concerns: in the heavenly train going up,the Rich cannot stand to be mixed up with the riffraff but as "chief magistrate" tells :"here there's no more difference" .

Not a major work for Borzage (neither is Lang's version),but to seek out if you are interested in the great director's career.


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