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The Gilded Lily (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 25 January 1935 (USA)
A stenographer becomes a famed entertainer, courted by an English nobleman and an informal American reporter.

Director:

Wesley Ruggles

Writers:

Claude Binyon (screenplay), Jack Kirkland (suggested by a story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claudette Colbert ... Marilyn David
Fred MacMurray ... Peter Dawes
Ray Milland ... Charles Gray (Lord Granton)
C. Aubrey Smith ... Lloyd Granton, Duke of Loamshire
Luis Alberni ... Nate Porcopolis
Eddie Craven Eddie Craven ... Eddie, Photographer
Donald Meek ... Hankerson
Charles Irwin Charles Irwin ... Oscar, Orchestra Leader
Forrester Harvey ... Hugo / Innkeeper
Grace Bradley ... Daisy
Claude King ... Boat Captain
Charles C. Wilson ... Managing Editor
Edward Gargan ... Subway Guard
Pat Somerset ... Man in London Club
Georgie Billings Georgie Billings ... Guard's Son (as George Billings)
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Storyline

New York stenographer Marilyn David meets Englishman Charles Gray and they fall in love. But Charles leaves town and Marilyn discovers he is a duke's son and already engaged. Marilyn confides in her platonic friend, reporter Peter Dawes, who publicizes her as the 'No Girl' who refused nobility. So Marilyn cashes in on her unwelcome notoriety by becoming a cafe entertainer; in an unexpected way, she succeeds. But can she decide between her two loves? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

It Happened One Night On a Park Bench! (Print Ad- Buffalo Courier-Express, ((Buffalo, NY)) 15 January 1935)

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Lírio Dourado See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

THE GILDED LILY made it's world premiere in Buffalo, New York, at Shea's Buffalo theatre on 18 January 1935. See more »

Goofs

In a scene taking place in New York, a streetcar bearing the word "Chicago" can be seen in the back ground. See more »

Quotes

Marilyn David: I'm just a freak!
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Connections

Featured in The Fashion Side of Hollywood (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Something About Romance
Lyrics by Sam Coslow
Music by Arthur Johnston
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beautiful Claudette
25 December 2010 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Claudette Colbert is Marilyn, "The Gilded Lily" in this 1935 film also starring Ray Milland and Fred MacMurray. Colbert plays a young woman who hangs out with a reporter friend, Peter, (MacMurray) as she waits to be swept off her feet. Enter Milland as Charles, a duke visiting the U.S. incognito. They fall in love, and he decides that he wants to marry her instead of his fiancée back in England. His father (C. Aubrey Smith) talks him into breaking up with the fiancé the honorable way: return to England, see her face to face, and then return to the states. Peter, who has no idea that Charles is Marilyn's dream man, gets wind of the royalty and blows their identity in the paper. Marilyn thinks Charles lied to her about his feelings and is simply returning to England to get married. When Peter realizes Marilyn fell for Charles, his paper does a scandal sheet-type job on Marilyn. Before she knows it, she's the '30s version of a Tiger Woods' girlfriend and launched into a singing career.

It's all very odd -- MacMurray acts like a total jerk, and Charles apparently assumes she's been sleeping with Peter and invites her for a weekend at an inn when she's in England doing her act. She really should have dumped both of them, but she chooses one instead.

Colbert is very beautiful, and this was a breakthrough role for MacMurray. Milland is very charming - he came up through the ranks slowly and can be seen uncredited in "The Man who Played God" in 1931.

Dated but pleasant, basically thanks to Colbert.


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