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A Life of Her Own (1950)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1 September 1950 (USA)
Small town Kansas girl, Lily James, is the latest model working for the Thomas Callaway Agency in New York City. Despite her small town roots, Lily is street-wise because of her tough ... See full summary »

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George Cukor

Writer:

Isobel Lennart
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lana Turner ... Lily Brannel James
Ray Milland ... Steve Harleigh
Tom Ewell ... Tom Caraway
Louis Calhern ... Jim Leversoe
Ann Dvorak ... Mary Ashlon
Barry Sullivan ... Lee Gorrance
Margaret Phillips ... Nora Harleigh
Jean Hagen ... Maggie Collins
Phyllis Kirk ... Jerry
Sara Haden ... Smitty
Hermes Pan ... Specialty Dancer
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Small town Kansas girl, Lily James, is the latest model working for the Thomas Callaway Agency in New York City. Despite her small town roots, Lily is street-wise because of her tough growing up experiences, and as such she is a good judge of character. She believes she can escape her troubles through professional success. Because of her hard work ethic, she quickly does rise to the top of her profession. She attracts the attention of Steve Harleigh, a wealthy copper mine owner. Despite they both knowing that nothing can come between them, they fall in love. The issues are that he lives and works in Montana, and that he is already married. Steve feels guilty about his marital infidelity as his wife, Nora, is physically disabled from a car accident in which he was the cause. Lily has to decide if her own happiness is worth destroying the life of a woman - an invalid - she's never met. Written by Huggo

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LANA...as Lily James...a girl who knew what she wanted...and almost got it!

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Abiding Vision See more »

Filming Locations:

Calabasas, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,818,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Wendell Corey's replacement in the role of Steve, after two to three weeks of filming - either because he felt he was not right for the role as was reported in contemporary press stories, or Lana Turner had him fired - caused the production to go over schedule and over budget. See more »

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Near the end of the film, Lee leans forward twice between shots when he meets Lily via the ventriloquist. See more »

Quotes

Lily Brannel James: I can't live without you... but I'm going to. I'm gonna turn my back on ya Steve, I'm sorry.
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A Life of Her Own
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Music by Bronislau Kaper
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Interesting period piece...
10 July 2009 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

I loved Lana Turner in" The Postman Always Rings Twice", and was interested to see her portray what was considered a top model in the 1950's.

She basically portrays a bored woman from Kansas who comes to NY to "become someone".She meets Ann Dvorak as Mary, who is a top model on her way down,presumably from getting too high too fast, and drug use. Some of her scenes are the most memorable as she reflects on the void and banality of her profession.It is a double-edged sword once a girl has reached the top.

7urner does not see this, climbs her way to the top and has an affair with married executive Ray Milland.He does not come off as a sympathetic character, his wife is disabled.Some of the scenes with Turner as his mistress are a bit forced,and hard to believe. Chalk this up to the time period, as the reality of her situation could not be portrayed.

Overall worth seeing for Lana and performance by Ann Dvorak.8/10.


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