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Lillian Russell (1940)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Musical | 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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Edward Solomon
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Alexander Moore
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The Famous J.L.
Leo Carrillo ...
Tony Pastor
Helen Westley ...
Grandma Leonard
Dorothy Peterson ...
Cynthia Leonard
Ernest Truex ...
Charles K. Leonard
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William Gilbert
Lynn Bari ...
Edna McCauley
Claud Allister ...
Arthur Sullivan (as Claude Allister)
Joe Weber ...
Himself (as Weber)
Lew Fields ...
Himself (as Fields)
Eddie Foy Jr. ...
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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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A Bela Lillian Russell  »

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


Soundtracks

The Band Played On
(1895) (uncredited)
Music by Chas. B. Ward
Lyrics by John F. Palmer
Sung by Alice Faye at Tony's theatre
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A lavish preWWII Alice Faye musical with great stars, songs, costumes
4 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The restored DVD version of this film is a joy to watch. The black and white contrasts are sharp and clear, doing justice to the lavish sets and absolutely gorgeous costumes (certainly would have been nominated for an award in this category, had it existed in 1940). Alice Faye's rich voice is, as always, unmistakable and haunting, and she gets a chance to sing a variety of songs, including "After the Ball" and the beautiful "My Evening Star." She was convincing in a surprisingly nuanced role...and quite moving as the film develops. It's a treat to see her, Don Ameche, Henry Fonda, Edward Arnold and a host of supporting character actors. OK, the plot is not true to Lillian Russell's life, and Alice Faye is not a soprano, as was Russell, but as a piece of nostalgic entertainment, this movie delivers...and is testimony to Alice Faye's talent and appeal.


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