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Lydia (1941)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 25 September 1941 (USA)
Lydia MacMillan, a wealthy old woman who has never married, is invited by an old beau, Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick, for a reunion with the men who have been in her life to reminisce about the ... See full summary »

Director:

Julien Duvivier

Writers:

Julien Duvivier (story "Un Carnet de Bal"), Leslie Bush-Fekete (story "Un Carnet de Bal") (as L. Bush-Fekete) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Merle Oberon ... Lydia MacMillan
Edna May Oliver ... Sarah MacMillan
Alan Marshal ... Richard Mason
Joseph Cotten ... Michael Fitzpatrick
Hans Jaray ... Frank Andre (as Hans Yaray)
George Reeves ... Bob Willard
John Halliday ... Fitzpatrick
Sara Allgood ... Mary
Billy Ray Billy Ray ... Johnny
Frank Conlan Frank Conlan ... Old Ned
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Storyline

Lydia MacMillan, a wealthy old woman who has never married, is invited by an old beau, Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick, for a reunion with the men who have been in her life to reminisce about the times when they were young and courted her. In memory, each romance seemed splendid and destined for happiness, but in each case, Lydia realizes, the truth was less romantic, and ill-starred. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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She dared do what other dared only think! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Illusions See more »

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Production Co:

Alexander Korda Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The chorus of "Tramp, Tramp, Tramp" song sung in the music hall is the same tune as "Jesus Loves The Little Children" in the Baptist church. See more »

Connections

Remake of Un carnet de bal (1937) See more »

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20th Century Fox - 19th Century Drama
6 September 2005 | by Waiting2BShockedSee all my reviews

An unexceptionable pleasure to the primary senses of the eyes and ears. This results from a combination of Oberon's lush eyebrows and the pillowy opulence one imagines from a director with a surname like Duvivier. The film is a 'refashioning' of his French-language 'Un Carnet De Bal' from 1937, in that the basic plot is Oberon's portmanteau recollection of 4 past loves. Cynics may understandably dive for the sick bags, but it's a pleasant surprise therefore to find that for all the typical Fox emphasis on visual scrumptiousness, this romantic opus turns out to be a narratively literate affair. It's lent considerable dramatic weight by an excellent cast, including an uncharacteristically unhistrionic Oberon.


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