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Lillian Russell (1940)

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 (screen play)
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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 ... Himself (as Weber)
Lew Fields ... Himself (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.

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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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Trivia

"The Last Rose of Summer" (a traditional Irish folk song), sung by Alice Faye, was cut from the movie. See more »


Soundtracks

Brighten the Corner Where You Are
(1913) (uncredited)
Music by Charles Gabriel
Lyrics by Ina D. Ogdon
Performed by Alice Faye, Elyse Knox, Joan Valerie and Alice Armand
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A film that plods along
30 July 2014 | by marthawilcox1831See all my reviews

Henry Fonda is thrown into action by trying to halt two spirited horses charging down the street with an open carriage. This is the kind of incident that propels a story forward. Without it, there's no need for Fonda to be in the film.

You get a clear sense of who Lillian Russell is. She wants to sing on stage just like an actor wants to act in the theatre. She is consumed by her ambition and cannot see herself doing anything else.

I'm not particularly a fan of Don Ameche and I'm not sure if he contributes anything to this film.

It touches on the Suffragette Movement, but that's just a backdrop. It's not the story.

Overall, it plods along without any engagement in terms of story or character. Fonda fans would do well to stay away from this film.


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