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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 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:

Approved | See all certifications »

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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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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

This film made a profit of $110,000 ($1.9M in 2016) for RKO according to studio records. 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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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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An outstanding film!
9 August 2001 | by Dee-40See all my reviews

This entire production, from beginnng to end, was to me letter perfect. The story, the actors, all of the dialogue and the realistic performance was magnificient. One actor in particular, that being Joan Carrol, stood out above all else. She was truly a scene stealer! What a gem!


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