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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Paul Whiteman and Orchestra
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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>
Judy Garland's character, Lily Mars, has three sisters and one brother, just as her character in "Meet Me in St. Louis," Esther Smith, does. 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 »
Judy at her physical peak...script not in the same league...
Too bad that JUDY GARLAND was at her most attractive, photographed with great skill and looking fabulous--while coping with a script that had to be an insult to anyone's intelligence--even way back in 1943!
VAN HEFLIN proves that he had a certain comic flair (although a little exaggerated) and was certainly worthy of a better role than the one he copes with here. Supporting players Spring Byington and Fay Bainter lend solid support--but it's all just too weak in the story department for anyone to overcome the ridiculous script.
Judy manages to get through the material in good shape--showing comic skill in many scenes and emotional maturity in others. The ending is rather predictable and is followed by a show biz finale that seems to be tacked on to give the film a plush fade-out in which Garland has a change to dazzle us with her musical talent. Which she does.
But, all in all, lacks the charm and credibility it should have had to make it truly worth watching. Among the supporting players, Connie Gilchrist and Richard Carlson do some nice work. Carlson is surprisingly gifted at comedy and should have attempted more such roles.
Worth noting: the doorknob business is the only original touch in the whole show!
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