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Presenting Lily Mars

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A Booth Tarkington novel was the source for the so-so Judy Garland musical Presenting Lily Mars. Garland plays the title character, a small-town girl with big-city ambitions. She heads to Broadway hoping for stardom, but after a series of disappointments the best she can manage is an understudy job. That's right, folks: the star walks out on opening night, Lily goes on in her place, and the audience boos and throws rotten tomatoes just kidding: Lily's a sensation, of course. Van Heflin costars as a young producer...
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Overview

A Booth Tarkington novel was the source for the so-so Judy Garland musical Presenting Lily Mars. Garland plays the title character, a small-town girl with big-city ambitions. She heads to Broadway hoping for stardom, but after a series of disappointments the best she can manage is an understudy job. That's right, folks: the star walks out on opening night, Lily goes on in her place, and the audience boos and throws rotten tomatoes just kidding: Lily's a sensation, of course. Van Heflin costars as a young producer who falls in love with Lily, but who avoids bestowing upon her instant stardom for fear of being accused of favoritism. Naturally, Judy Garland gets to sing a lot, and whenever she does the picture soars; other musical acts include the orchestras of Bob Crosby and Tommy Dorsey.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Presenting Lily Mars is an example of the kind of standard-issue musical in which studios often stuck their brightest talents. Even in 1943, this kind of "understudy gets break at stardom" tale was becoming old hat, although at least this one acknowledges that talent and ambition must be fortified with experience to make a true star. There's little in the dialogue to make up for the deficiencies in the plot, which places a heavy burden on the score and the actors. The songs are fine, but culled from hither and yon rather than created by one team; the result is that they don't give the film a distinctive character. Fortunately, Judy Garland is on hand to provide the jolt of star power that this kind of enterprise needs. If Garland doesn't wholeheartedly believe in the words she has to say, she never lets on; she gives full attention and commitment to every line. In song, she's superb, whether clowning with Bob Crosby's orchestra in "When I Look at You" or leading a rousing "Broadway Rhythm" finale. And her charming duet with Connie Gilchrist on "Every Little Movement" is a real treat. Van Heflin brings a welcome intensity to his role, and Spring Byington is warm and appealing as Garland's mother. Garland's next starring film would be much more rewarding, the classic Meet Me in St. Louis.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/20/2013
  • UPC: 883316860137
  • Original Release: 1943
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 25,119

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Judy Garland Lily Mars
Van Heflin John Thornway
Fay Bainter Mrs. Thornway
Marta Eggerth Isobel Rekay
Spring Byington Mrs. Mars
Richard Carlson Owen Vail
Connie Gilchrist Frankie
Leonid Kinskey Leo
Patricia Barker Poppy
Janet Chapman Rosie
Annabelle Logan Violet
Douglas Croft Davey
Ray McDonald Charlie Potter
Bob Crosby & Orchestra
Marilyn Maxwell Chorus Girl
Tommy Dorsey & His Band
Bob Crosby Himself
Technical Credits
Norman Taurog Director
Albert Akst Editor
Richard Connell Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Gladys Lehman Screenwriter
Ernst Matray Choreography
Harry McAfee Art Director
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Joe Pasternak Producer
Richard A. Pefferle Set Decoration/Design
Joseph Ruttenberg Cinematographer
Howard Shoup Costumes/Costume Designer
George Stoll Musical Direction/Supervision
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
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