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Lillian Russell (1940)

Passed | | Biography, Drama, History | 24 May 1940 (USA)
Life story of the musical star from her discovery in 1890 by band leader Tony Pastor till her retirement in 1912 when she married newspaperman Alexander Moore.

Director:

Irving Cummings

Writer:

William Anthony McGuire (original screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alice Faye ... Lillian Russell
Don Ameche ... Edward Solomon
Henry Fonda ... Alexander Moore
Edward Arnold ... Diamond Jim Brady
Warren William ... The Famous J.L.
Leo Carrillo ... Tony Pastor
Helen Westley ... Grandma Leonard
Dorothy Peterson ... Cynthia Leonard
Ernest Truex ... Charles K. Leonard
Nigel Bruce ... William Gilbert
Lynn Bari ... Edna McCauley
Claud Allister ... Arthur Sullivan (as Claude Allister)
Joe Weber Joe Weber ... Joe Weber (as Weber)
Lew Fields ... Lew Fields (as Fields)
Eddie Foy Jr. ... Eddie Foy Sr.
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Storyline

Life story of the musical star from her discovery in 1890 by band leader Tony Pastor till her retirement in 1912 when she married newspaperman Alexander Moore.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The life and loves of the woman whose beauty had the world and its famous men at her feet! (Print Ad-Greenfield Recorder-Gazette, ((Greenfield, Mass.)) 8 June 1940)


Certificate:

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Trivia

After the huge success of The Great Ziegfeld (1936) MGM wanted to make a movie about Lillian Russell starring Jeanette MacDonald, but that project fell through. Twentieth Century-Fox then decided to make a movie about Russell. See more »

Connections

Spun-off from Diamond Jim (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

K├╝nstlerleben (Artist's Life), Op.316
(1867) (uncredited)
Written by Johann Strauss
Included in the "Waltz Is King" number
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Alice Faye at her Musical Best
9 April 2020 | by LeonardKniffelSee all my reviews

Alice Faye is a sheer delight in this biography of singer Lillian Russell, from her discovery in 1890 by bandleader Tony Pastor until her marriage and retirement in 1912. In between Faye sings the American classics that Russell made famous, including "The Band Played On" and "After the Ball." --Musicals on the Silver Screen, American Library Association, 2013


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Bela Lillian Russell See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Barbara, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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