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Primrose Path (1940)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 22 March 1940 (USA)
A young woman from a family of prostitutes falls in love with a hard-working man, but when he finds out the truth about her background, their romance becomes jeopardized.

Director:

Gregory La Cava (as Gregory LaCava)

Writers:

Allan Scott (screen play), Gregory La Cava (screen play) (as Gregory LaCava) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ginger Rogers ... Ellie May Adams
Joel McCrea ... Ed Wallace
Marjorie Rambeau ... Mamie Adams
Henry Travers ... Gramp
Miles Mander ... Homer
Queenie Vassar ... Grandma
Joan Carroll ... Honeybell
Vivienne Osborne ... Thelma
Carmen Morales Carmen Morales ... Carmelita
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Storyline

Ellie Mae lives on Primrose Hill with her good-hearted and fancy free mother, her drunken father, her younger sister and a mean-spirited grandmother. The Hill is not a good part of town, however. When she meets and falls for a hard-working man, they marry and she hides her past from him. When he discovers the truth it jeopardizes their marriage. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le lys du ruisseau See more »

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Budget:

$702,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ginger Rogers dyed her hair brunette for the film, but kept it secret until the film was released. See more »

Goofs

When Ed is telling off Grandma at the end of the movie, she responds two different times, but her voice is not heard. See more »

Quotes

Gramp: The world would be a lot better off if there was no people in it.
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Shown during opening credits: We live, not as we wish to, but as we can. --Menander, 300 BC See more »

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This is a grossly underrated movie.
9 November 2004 | by kterrylSee all my reviews

Joel McCrea and Ginger Rogers did some of their best work in this picture. The story is a great one, and it was well executed. It should have made the list of 100 greatest American films, but there are flaws. Two of the secondary character are caricatures - the grandmother and the little sister were overplayed. The father, while perhaps realistic, came off as a melodramatic, sick joke. The coverage of one of the main themes, prostitution, was handled too graphically for 1940's audiences and too "victorianly" for modern audiences. But these are really minor complaints. I think Ginger Rogers did a great job, and should have gotten an academy award. When I first watched it, before I found out when the movie was made, I thought it must have been very early, say 1933, because she was very convincing as an apparent teenager - say a 19 year old. I should have realized the movie was not that old, as the direction, cinematography, and other secondary production aspects were much better, definitely in the "Citizen Kane" ranks. And after all, Ginger was very good at playing women a lot younger than she (see "The Major and the Minor"). Joel McCrea was also excellent, showing again that if he would have resisted his urges to play cowboys he could have developed a reputation as one of the greatest American film stars (see "Foreign Correspondent"). I am happy to see that IMDb users rate this film above 6.0, but I think it is much better than that.


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