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Lilly Turner (1933)

A carnival magician deserts his wife when he finds out she's pregnant. She then marries the carnival's barker, but finds herself attracted to a young engineer.

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Gene Markey (screenplay), Kathryn Scola (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ruth Chatterton ... Lilly 'Queenie' Turner Dixon
George Brent ... Bob Chandler
Frank McHugh ... David 'Dave' Dixon
Guy Kibbee ... Doc Peter McGill
Robert Barrat ... Fritz 'Heinie'
Ruth Donnelly ... Edna Yokum
Marjorie Gateson ... Mrs. Bessie 'Ma' McGill
Gordon Westcott ... Rex Durkee
Arthur Vinton ... Sam Waxman
Grant Mitchell ... Dr. Hawley
Margaret Seddon Margaret Seddon ... Mrs. Turner
Mae Busch ... Hazel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Walter Brennan ... (scenes deleted)
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Earle (scenes deleted)
Ethel Wales ... Mrs. Flint (scenes deleted)
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A carnival magician deserts his wife when he finds out she's pregnant. She then marries the carnival's barker, but finds herself attracted to a young engineer.

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Taglines:

It Will Make "Frisco Jenny" Turn Pale! (Print Ad- The Citizen-Advertiser,((Auburn, NY)) 9 June 1933)

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Os Amores de Lily See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

First National Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original Brpadway production opened at the Morasco Theater in New York on 19 September 1932 and ran for 24 performances. See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus
(uncredited)
From "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner (1850)
Played as the bride enters the wedding chamber
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Hokey melodrama is hopelessly old-fashioned stuff for Chatterton fans...
18 April 2008 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Before Bette Davis made it big at Warner Bros., they had RUTH CHATTERTON suffering as the wronged heroine in melodramas that were supposed to bring fans of the actress to the theaters to watch the actress suffer for her sins. They also had KAY FRANCIS sharing the same sort of vehicles.

This one is a mess. As The N.Y. Times pointed out: "A drab, uninspired story," that has Chatterton, a lady with a past, falling for strongman GEORGE BRENT, who works in a medicine carnival with her and her husband, FRANK McHUGH. The plot has so many elements that it could have been made into a much longer film, but all of it has been squeezed into little more than an hour. She also has an ex-husband (ROBERT BARRAT) in the local insane asylum who went to pieces after their break-up. His escape from the asylum causes further plot complications, especially since he's intent on tossing her current husband (McHugh) out the window during a violent confrontation.

It's incredibly melodramatic but sluggishly directed despite all the sub-plots, with the over-aged Chatterton making the central character about as unbelievable as the plot contrivances.

Definitely a film you can afford to miss.


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