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Primrose Path (1940)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 22 March 1940 (USA)
A young woman from a family of prostitutes falls in love with a hard-working man, but when he finds out the truth about her background, their romance becomes jeopardized.

Director:

Gregory La Cava (as Gregory LaCava)

Writers:

Allan Scott (screen play), Gregory La Cava (screen play) (as Gregory LaCava) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ginger Rogers ... Ellie May Adams
Joel McCrea ... Ed Wallace
Marjorie Rambeau ... Mamie Adams
Henry Travers ... Gramp
Miles Mander ... Homer
Queenie Vassar ... Grandma
Joan Carroll ... Honeybell
Vivienne Osborne ... Thelma
Carmen Morales Carmen Morales ... Carmelita
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Storyline

Ellie Mae lives on Primrose Hill with her good-hearted and fancy free mother, her drunken father, her younger sister and a mean-spirited grandmother. The Hill is not a good part of town, however. When she meets and falls for a hard-working man, they marry and she hides her past from him. When he discovers the truth it jeopardizes their marriage. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le lys du ruisseau See more »

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Budget:

$702,000 (estimated)
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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ginger Rogers dyed her hair brunette for the film, but kept it secret until the film was released. See more »

Goofs

When the "Portugee" (Portuguese) girl steps out of the cantina to call Ed back inside, she threatens to cut his ears off in Spanish, not Portuguese. See more »

Quotes

Gramp: The world would be a lot better off if there was no people in it.
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Crazy Credits

Shown during opening credits: We live, not as we wish to, but as we can. --Menander, 300 BC See more »

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Referenced in Choose Me (1984) See more »

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A Romantic Comedy Stolen By Its Character Actors
9 July 2003 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

his is a heartbreaking movie. It's a romantic comedy -- but only incidentally. Ginger Rogers and Joel McCrea, though good as always, are essentially plot devices.

My only quibble is that, particularly noticeable in their courting scenes, the lower class American grammar is forced and unconvincing.

Gregory La Cava got brilliant performances from Marjorie Rambeau and Miles Mander as a party girl her broken-down alcoholic husband, a scholar of the classics (who are the Rogers character's parents.)

Queenie Vassar is excellent as Rambeau's still gold-digging mother, and Vivienne Osborne is splendid as her friend Thelma.

This will make you smile -- Rogers and McCrea spring to life in the last couple scenes. But it will make you cry and move you much more. At least it did so to me.


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