Lillian Russell

Lillian Russell

Director: Irving Cummings, Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Henry Fonda

Cast: Irving Cummings, Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Henry Fonda

     
 
Lillian Russell is the sanitized musical biopic of the legendary (and much-married) 19th century musical comedy star. Discovered in 1880 by bandleader Tony Pastor (Leo Carrillo), Lillian Russell (Alice Faye) wastes no time rising to fame and fortune on the Broadway stage. Along the way, she curries the favor of such eligible bachelors as newspaperman Alexander

Overview

Lillian Russell is the sanitized musical biopic of the legendary (and much-married) 19th century musical comedy star. Discovered in 1880 by bandleader Tony Pastor (Leo Carrillo), Lillian Russell (Alice Faye) wastes no time rising to fame and fortune on the Broadway stage. Along the way, she curries the favor of such eligible bachelors as newspaperman Alexander Moore (Henry Fonda), composer Edward Solomon (Don Ameche), and railroad tycoon Diamond Jim Brady (Edward Arnold). She marries the first two, and has a high old time (albeit chastely) with the third. The story ends with Russell's retirement in 1912, and her reunion with the one true love of her life. The film's hands-down highlight is a timeworn but classic routine involving those two Broadway comedy giants Joe Weber and Lew Fields, both of whom had appeared on-stage with the real Lillian Russell.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/20/2007
UPC:
0024543403708
Original Release:
1940
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:07:00

Special Features

A Woman Like No Other: The Real Little Russell featurette; Restoration comparison; Still gallery; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alice Faye Lillian Russell
Don Ameche Edward Solomon
Henry Fonda Alexander Moore
Edward Arnold Diamond Jim Brady
Warren William Jesse Lewisohn
Leo Carrillo Tony Pastor
Helen Westley Grandma Leonard
Dorothy Peterson Cynthia Leonard
Ernest Truex Charles Leonard
Nigel Bruce William Gilbert
Claud Allister Arthur Sullivan
Lynn Bari Edna McCauley
Una O'Connor Marie
Diane Fisher Dorothy
Elyse Knox Lillian Russell's Sister
Joan Valerie Lillian Russell's Sister
Hal K. Dawson Chauffeur
Charles Halton Dr. Dobbins
Robert Emmett Keane Jeweler
Harry Hayden Mr. Sloane, Newspaper Editor
Ferike Boros Mrs. Rose
A.S. Byron Policeman
Richard Carle Actor
Cecil Cunningham Mrs. Hobbs
Robert E. Homans Actor
Paul McVey Stage Manager
Ottola Nesmith Actor
Frank Sully Actor
Frank Thomas Official
Irving Bacon Soldier
Paul E. Burns Soldier
Joseph Cawthorn Leopold Damrosch
Frank Darien Coachman
William B. Davidson Grover Cleveland
Lew Fields Himself
Eddie Foy Eddie Foy, Sr.
William Haade Soldier
Leyland Hodgson Hotel Clerk
Thaddeus Jones Mose
Tom London Frank
Alex Pollard Waiter
Floyd Shackelford Valet
Robert "Buddy" Shaw Man
Milburn Stone Reporter
Charles Tannen Reporter
Joe Weber Himself
Philip Winter Tenor

Technical Credits
Irving Cummings Director
Travis Banton Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Day Production Designer
Seymour Felix Choreography
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Gene Markey Associate Producer
William Anthony McGuire Screenwriter
Alfred Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Walter Thompson Editor
Arthur VonKirbach Sound/Sound Designer
Joseph C. Wright Production Designer
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Lillian Russell
1. Main Title/It's A Girl! [6:52]
2. Voice Audition [4:25]
3. Runaway Carriage [2:55]
4. Suffragette Candidate [1:49]
5. Ambitions [5:28]
6. Theatre Offer [3:54]
7. My Evening Star [3:18]
8. Lillian Russell [1:44]
9. My Blushin' Rosie [:39]
10. Fame [2:43]
11. Diamond Jim [8:31]
12. After the Ball [3:49]
13. Living to Eat [1:03]
14. Addred One [3:49]
15. Just Married [2:41]
16. Stuped Young Man [3:22]
17. Gilbert and Sullivan [2:42]
18. A New Life [2:44]
19. Blue Love Bird [2:10]
20. Broken Pact [4:49]
21. A London Success [5:12]
22. Friends and Rivals [1:14]
23. Touching a Star [3:13]
24. Weber and Fields [3:48]
25. Marriage Proposal [6:49]
26. Eddie Foy [7:21]
27. True Love [4:51]
28. Grand Finale/End Titles [2:32]

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