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A Life of Her Own (1950)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1 September 1950 (USA)
Small town Kansas girl, Lily James, is the latest model working for the Thomas Callaway Agency in New York City. Despite her small town roots, Lily is street-wise because of her tough ... See full summary »

Director:

George Cukor

Writer:

Isobel Lennart
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lana Turner ... Lily Brannel James
Ray Milland ... Steve Harleigh
Tom Ewell ... Tom Caraway
Louis Calhern ... Jim Leversoe
Ann Dvorak ... Mary Ashlon
Barry Sullivan ... Lee Gorrance
Margaret Phillips ... Nora Harleigh
Jean Hagen ... Maggie Collins
Phyllis Kirk ... Jerry
Sara Haden ... Smitty
Hermes Pan ... Specialty Dancer
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Storyline

Small town Kansas girl, Lily James, is the latest model working for the Thomas Callaway Agency in New York City. Despite her small town roots, Lily is street-wise because of her tough growing up experiences, and as such she is a good judge of character. She believes she can escape her troubles through professional success. Because of her hard work ethic, she quickly does rise to the top of her profession. She attracts the attention of Steve Harleigh, a wealthy copper mine owner. Despite they both knowing that nothing can come between them, they fall in love. The issues are that he lives and works in Montana, and that he is already married. Steve feels guilty about his marital infidelity as his wife, Nora, is physically disabled from a car accident in which he was the cause. Lily has to decide if her own happiness is worth destroying the life of a woman - an invalid - she's never met. Written by Huggo

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LANA...as Lily James...a girl who knew what she wanted...and almost got it!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Abiding Vision See more »

Filming Locations:

Calabasas, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,818,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The ending in the original script had washed-up model Lily James, played by Lana Turner, at forty-five years of age working as a hotel maid. The original ending as filmed had Lily James committing suicide, following in the footsteps of Mary Ashton, the older model Lily meets earlier in the film who jumps to her death from a window. After filming finished in late March 1950 the film was shown to test audiences who gave such a negative reaction to this ending that retakes were done in mid-April 1950, to provide the film with the happier ending that's used in the finished film, much to the dismay of director George Cukor. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film, Lee leans forward twice between shots when he meets Lily via the ventriloquist. See more »

Quotes

Mary Ashlon: If it's not you it's somebody like you. Somebody fresh and new, not tired.
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A Life of Her Own
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Music by Bronislau Kaper
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Watching the stars.
4 June 2006 | by lullabythreeSee all my reviews

Call me an old romantic fool, but I liked this film. If you've ever been foolishly in love, you'll relate. But just watching the beautiful Lana ~ though yes, age was creeping up ~ you knew she was a favorite of audiences NOT only because she was gorgeous. Ray Milland plays it tightly, but good heavens, in those days men did not emote, so give the guy a break. Barry Sullivan, always a loved slightly seedy fellow, handsome as ever, and Jean Hagen and Margaret Phillips lent solid support. Phillips, who played the disabled wife, died at age 61; now I have to go research how and why. She was a very active performer. And how about the unusually elegant Tom Ewell? Great stuff. Enjoy it on a rainy Sunday morning.


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