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Lilly Turner (1933)

A carnival magician deserts his wife when he finds out she's pregnant. She then marries the carnival's barker, but finds herself attracted to a young engineer.

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Gene Markey (screenplay), Kathryn Scola (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ruth Chatterton ... Lilly 'Queenie' Turner Dixon
George Brent ... Bob Chandler
Frank McHugh ... David 'Dave' Dixon
Guy Kibbee ... Doc Peter McGill
Robert Barrat ... Fritz 'Heinie'
Ruth Donnelly ... Edna Yokum
Marjorie Gateson ... Mrs. Bessie 'Ma' McGill
Gordon Westcott ... Rex Durkee
Arthur Vinton ... Sam Waxman
Grant Mitchell ... Dr. Hawley
Margaret Seddon Margaret Seddon ... Mrs. Turner
Mae Busch ... Hazel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Walter Brennan ... (scenes deleted)
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Earle (scenes deleted)
Ethel Wales ... Mrs. Flint (scenes deleted)
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A carnival magician deserts his wife when he finds out she's pregnant. She then marries the carnival's barker, but finds herself attracted to a young engineer.

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It Will Make "Frisco Jenny" Turn Pale! (Print Ad- The Citizen-Advertiser,((Auburn, NY)) 9 June 1933)

Genres:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Os Amores de Lily See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original Brpadway production opened at the Morasco Theater in New York on 19 September 1932 and ran for 24 performances. See more »

Soundtracks

My Wild Irish Rose
(uncredited)
Written by Chauncey Olcott (1899)
Sung a cappella by Frank McHugh, twice
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28 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Lilly Turner (1933)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Ruth Chatterton plays the title role, a woman who gets married but then loses her husband when it turns out he is already married to another woman. She loses her baby and then joins a traveling medicine show where she meets another man (George Brent) but her pass might catch up with her. Here's another Pre-Code from William A. Wellman but the screenplay doesn't do anyone justice. The performances are all very good with Chatterton really stealing the show as the tough as nails woman. Brent also turns in a fine performance as does Frank McHugh, Robert Barrat and Ruth Donnelly. The screenplay is full of cliché material from the wrong men falling for Lilly up to the ending, which anyone will see coming from a mile away. The bigamy plot twist might have been shocking for the day but it too is pretty watered down even for the era.


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