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Liliom (1930)

Liliom, a merry-go-round barker at a Budapest amusement park, becomes enamored of Julie, a servant girl, and though under the influence of Madame Muskat, a sideshow entrepreneur, he marries... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

Ferenc Molnár (play) (as Franz Molnar), S.N. Behrman (screenplay and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Charles Farrell ... Liliom
Rose Hobart ... Julie
Estelle Taylor ... Mme. Muscat
H.B. Warner ... Chief Magistrate
Lee Tracy ... The Buzzard
Walter Abel ... Carpenter
Mildred Van Dorn Mildred Van Dorn ... Marie
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Hollinger (as Guinn Williams)
Lillian Elliott Lillian Elliott ... Aunt Hulda
Anne Shirley ... Louise (as Dawn O'Day)
Bert Roach ... Wolf
James A. Marcus ... Linzman (as James Marcus)
Harvey Clark Harvey Clark ... Angel Gabriel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frankie Genardi Frankie Genardi
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Storyline

Liliom, a merry-go-round barker at a Budapest amusement park, becomes enamored of Julie, a servant girl, and though under the influence of Madame Muskat, a sideshow entrepreneur, he marries the girl. Although he has not been a good provider, Liliom is spurred into action by the discovery that his wife is pregnant and eventually is influenced by his friend Buzzard, to rob a bank cashier so that he can take Julie to America.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frank Borzage's Liliom by Franz Molnar See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

While the film is now considered a masterpiece of surrealistic impressionism, it was a disappointment upon its original release, losing money at the box office and failing to garner a single Oscar nomination. See more »

Quotes

Louise: He hit me. I heard the sound of it. But it didn't hurt, Mother. It felt just like a kiss... Tell me Mother, has anyone ever hit you without hurting you in the least?
Julie: Yes dear. It's happened to me too.
Louise: Can anyone hit you real hard and loud, without hurting you at all?
Julie: Yes, dear. It's possible for someone to beat you and beat you and beat you, and not hurt you at all.
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Version of Carousel (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Dream of Romance
Music by Richard Fall
Lyrics by Marcella Gardner
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LILIOM (1930) - 2008 DVD quality
5 February 2009 | by wbryanksSee all my reviews

For those posters who wondered about the quality of the new (Dec. 2008) DVD release of LILIOM, which is part of the over-stuffed, badly packaged Murnau and Borgaze at Fox set, the actual quality of this disc is unbelievably good. I don't know where they found their source elements, but this is a beautiful print, with only occasional flaws. The black and white photography is detailed and beautiful, allowing the best look we've had at the elaborate sets and interesting production design. Even Charles Farrell's voice, which is not ideal for this hyper-masculine role, is much improved on this newly restored print.

There is no commentary, but an impressive collection of still photos is included as an extra.

The film is still the stilted, downbeat, badly paced film it was before, but for "Carousel" aficionados, or fans of early talkies, this is a very interesting movie, which can now be experienced in a much more pleasurable manner. I would give the movie a 5-star rating, and the print 8 or 9. Amazingly good for its vintage!


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