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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 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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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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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

'The Primrose Path' opened at the Biltmore Thater on January 4, 1939 and ran for 166 performances. 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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Under-Appreciated Small Gem
21 February 2017 | by mach229See all my reviews

I saw this for the first time during TCM's marvelous marathon of Oscar- nominated films in advance of the Academy Awards. I've been on a non- dancing Ginger Rogers kick and she plays Ellie May,uneducated but spunky,self-confident and independent. She needs to get away from the family shack in a post-Depression shanty-town outside of San Francisco where she lives with Mamie, her hooker-with-heart-of-gold mother, Homer, her drunk of a dad, a nasty, slatternly grandmother, and Honeybell, her precocious Granny acolyte played by Joan Carroll. Ellie May gets picked up by Gramp, played by the always charming Charles Travers, who takes her to a cafe run by Ed, played by the always- charming Joel McCrae. She re-invents herself some when she gets a job at the cafe and it helps her adapt to a life outside of the slums. Ellie May and Ed fall in love and marry and are living pretty happily until a chance meeting with Mamie crashes the house of cards Ellie May thought she built. Ginger Rogers plays Ellie May much like Kitty Foyle - feisty, determined,with a soft spot for family. It is a wonderfully strong performance set off perfectly by Joel McCrae's quick wit and dry humor. it's a small movie but well worth the viewing.


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