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Lillian Russell (1940)

Passed | | Biography, Drama, History | 24 May 1940 (USA)
Life story of the musical star from her discovery in 1890 by band leader Tony Pastor till her retirement in 1912 when she married newspaperman Alexander Moore.

Director:

Irving Cummings

Writer:

William Anthony McGuire (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alice Faye ... Lillian Russell
Don Ameche ... Edward Solomon
Henry Fonda ... Alexander Moore
Edward Arnold ... Diamond Jim Brady
Warren William ... The Famous J.L.
Leo Carrillo ... Tony Pastor
Helen Westley ... Grandma Leonard
Dorothy Peterson ... Cynthia Leonard
Ernest Truex ... Charles K. Leonard
Nigel Bruce ... William Gilbert
Lynn Bari ... Edna McCauley
Claud Allister ... Arthur Sullivan (as Claude Allister)
Joe Weber Joe Weber ... Joe Weber (as Weber)
Lew Fields ... Lew Fields (as Fields)
Eddie Foy Jr. ... Eddie Foy Sr.
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Storyline

Life story of the musical star from her discovery in 1890 by band leader Tony Pastor till her retirement in 1912 when she married newspaperman Alexander Moore.

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Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Bela Lillian Russell See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Barbara, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

After the huge success of The Great Ziegfeld (1936) MGM wanted to make a movie about Lillian Russell starring Jeanette MacDonald, but that project fell through. Twentieth Century-Fox then decided to make a movie about Russell. See more »


Soundtracks

Brighten the Corner Where You Are
(1913) (uncredited)
Music by Charles Gabriel
Lyrics by Ina D. Ogdon
Performed by Alice Faye, Elyse Knox, Joan Valerie and Alice Armand
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They were gifted and talented people portraying a wonderful story.
24 July 2006 | by ETYSee all my reviews

The actors were brilliant in trying to portray such a complex person in such a complex time. The costumes were beautiful.

You do not have to use any imagination to try to figure out the characters and the way they dressed and the way they spoke.

Thank you for doing such a wonderful job. This movie is a true treasure. We are surely blessed with such wonderful artists.

These are truly gifted actors portraying a special time in our history.

The theatre was such a huge part of the American culture. It was the only form of entertainment.

It must of been very magical to witness a play by candle light.


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