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Talented small-town girl Lily Mars hounds producer John Thornway for a part in his new play, but he doesn't want anything to do with stage-struck amateurs. But when Lily follows him to New York, he gets to know her better and his opinion of her changes for the better. Then, when the leading lady of the play walks out, Lily gets her big break on Broadway.Written by
Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 11, 1946 with Van Heflin reprising his film role. See more »
There's a Lily Mars in every town and they're all alike - so full of hope and so hopeless. Now, I'll tell you what you do, Mother. Let her down easy, but do it so she'll stay down.
But she won't, she'll bounce right up again. You don't know Lily.
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Under the single "The End" title, Davey Mars is seen to steal one more doorknob for his collection. See more »
The film itself is a lopsided affair with some heart and decent performances. It also features the Bob Crosby and Tommy Dorsey orchestras in a couple of notable musical sequences. Although this is Judy Garland's show, MGM strangely showcases operatic star Martha Eggerth a little too much and her presence mostly drags the film into headache territory. Thank God Garland makes up for it with a couple of terrific numbers of her own that show off her flair for comedy as well as singing and dancing.
The story doesn't hit target centre overall but it's not terrible and things do move at a nice pace, and Van Heflin turns in his usual capable performance. Garland simply outshines the material and it's a shame the writers missed so many opportunities for a more balanced and meaningful story.
Not a great film, or maybe even one of Garland's best, but she's great in it and her fans won't be disappointed.
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