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Lilly Turner (1933)

Unrated | | Drama | 13 May 1933 (USA)
A carnival magician deserts his wife when he finds out she's pregnant. She then marries the carnival's barker, but finds herself attracted to a young engineer.

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Gene Markey (screenplay), Kathryn Scola (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ruth Chatterton ... Lilly 'Queenie' Turner Dixon
George Brent ... Bob Chandler
Frank McHugh ... David 'Dave' Dixon
Guy Kibbee ... Doc Peter McGill
Robert Barrat ... Fritz 'Heinie'
Ruth Donnelly ... Edna Yokum
Marjorie Gateson ... Mrs. Bessie 'Ma' McGill
Gordon Westcott ... Rex Durkee
Arthur Vinton ... Sam Waxman
Grant Mitchell ... Dr. Hawley
Margaret Seddon Margaret Seddon ... Mrs. Turner
Mae Busch ... Hazel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Walter Brennan ... (scenes deleted)
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Earle (scenes deleted)
Ethel Wales ... Mrs. Flint (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

A carnival magician deserts his wife when he finds out she's pregnant. She then marries the carnival's barker, but finds herself attracted to a young engineer.

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Taglines:

It Will Make "Frisco Jenny" Turn Pale! (Print Ad- The Citizen-Advertiser,((Auburn, NY)) 9 June 1933)

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Os Amores de Lily See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

First National Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Warner Bros. tried to re-release the movie in 1936, but the Production Code office refused to award an approval certificate. See more »

Soundtracks

Spirit of Independence
(uncredited)
Music by Abe Holzmann
Played when Dave first appears as the carnival barker
Also played when Lilly confronts Rex backstage
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Excellent Ruth Chatterton vehicle with dark overtones
18 February 2008 | by David (Handlinghandel)See all my reviews

Once I'd seen Ruth Chatterton in "Dodsworth," I wanted to see her as much as possible. In a movie different from that also from this one, she plays a brazenly sexual executive: That film is "Female." "Lilly Turner" has many elements of the standard women's picture. A women's picture that is, one must note, distinctly pre-Code. Also one that is directed by William Wellman.

It transcends the genre on many counts, though: Chatterton gives an excellent performance. I had to laugh when she gives her age as 22! Chatterton was 40 when this came out and 40, especially for women, was sort of the equivalent of 60 today.

Fine actress she was, whatever age she was passed off as. She gets excellent support here from peculiar collection of co-stars and supporting players. Frank McHugh is especially good as the alcoholic carnival worker who rescues her when she's dumped by a no-good new husband.

I was particularly impressed by the scenes with Robert Barrat. He was hardly an actor of Chatterton's caliber. He plays a strongman in the carnival run by Guy Kibbee. In his later scenes, the nature of which I will not give away, he is filmed in a manner highly reminiscent of German Expressionism. James Van Trees filmed the whole movie beautifully but these sequences are true knockouts. They'd be right at home in the very finest of film noir.

Be advised that some of the dialog exhibits racial and ethnic insensitivity that was acceptable at the time.


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