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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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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

Certificate:

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Details

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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Box Office

Budget:

$702,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film made a profit of $110,000 ($1.9M in 2016) for RKO according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

When the "Portugee" (Portuguese) girl steps out of the cantina to call Ed back inside, she threatens to cut his ears off in Spanish, not Portuguese. See more »

Quotes

Gramp: The world would be a lot better off if there was no people in it.
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Crazy Credits

Shown during opening credits: We live, not as we wish to, but as we can. --Menander, 300 BC See more »

Connections

Referenced in Choose Me (1984) See more »

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underrated
19 August 2005 | by KyleFurr2See all my reviews

This is one of Gregory La Cava's last pictures and doesn't seem to be very well known. Film critic Andrew Sarris didn't seem to think much of it in his book The American Cinema, and rates it as one of his lower pictures. I never would of watched this movie before until i discovered how great Ginger Rogers was and now i want to watch all her films. Rogers plays a poor girl who lives in the slums with a drunk father, a prostitute for a mother and some other relatives. Rogers has no interest in guys until she meets Joel McCrea at a restaurant and they wind up married. She lies about her family to him and it causes some problems between them. Ginger Rogers is good as usual and Joel McCrea is very good as the husband.


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