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Presenting Lily Mars (1943)

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Small-town Indiana girl Lily Mars dreams to be a stage actress. She begs visiting Broadway producer John Thornway for a role but he dismisses her as an amateur. She follows him to New York and worms her way into his show, and his heart.

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Norman Taurog

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Booth Tarkington (novel), Richard Connell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judy Garland ... Lily Mars
Van Heflin ... John Thornway
Fay Bainter ... Mrs. Thornway
Richard Carlson ... Owen Vail
Spring Byington ... Mrs. Mars
Mártha Eggerth ... Isobel Rekay (as Marta Eggerth)
Connie Gilchrist ... Frankie
Leonid Kinskey ... Leo
Patricia Barker Patricia Barker ... Poppy
Janet Chapman ... Violet
Annie Ross ... Rosie (as Annabelle Logan)
Douglas Croft ... Davey
Ray McDonald ... Charlie Potter
Tommy Dorsey ... Tommy Dorsey
Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra ... Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
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Storyline

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>

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Sing Out the News! It's a Honey of a Show! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1944 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Bemutatjuk Lily Mars-t See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

World renowned jazz singer-songwriter ("Twisted") Annie Ross plays Judy's younger sister Rosie Mars in this film. Credited as Annabel Logan. See more »

Quotes

John Thornway: 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.
Mrs. Thornway: But she won't, she'll bounce right up again. You don't know Lily.
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Crazy Credits

Under the single "The End" title, Davey Mars is seen to steal one more doorknob for his collection. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Summer Stock: Get Happy! (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Is It Really Love (Or the Gypsy in Me?)
(1943) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Jurmann
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung by Mártha Eggerth
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Garland Swings!
8 December 2002 | by hipthorntonSee all my reviews

One of those Garland flicks that never comes up in a list of her good films,which is surprising considering how much fun it is.She plays an ambitious girl determined to make it to Broadway,and chases producer Van Heflin to do it.He's a local guy in her hometown.For a change,Garland is filled out and quite lovely.She's not the emaciated stick she had been in her previous roles.Also,she's not crying because the boy next door won't have her or singing a plaintive love song dealing with rejection! Garland had a fine comedy flair that was seldom exploited in her films.She interplays well with the cast,especially her siblings and Spring Byington as her mom.The music is good but the finale is just a bit out of place.Supposedly,the big brass thought she needed a big finish to show Lily was a big star after all. Wonder what ever happened to the original number, "Paging Mr. Greenback?"


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