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Lillian Russell (1940)

 -  Biography | Drama | Musical  -  24 May 1940 (USA)
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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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Edward Solomon
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Alexander Moore
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Warren William ...
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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24 May 1940 (USA)  »

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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

Suffragette Marching Song
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Composer unknown
Played by a band for the marching suffragettes
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A film that plods along
30 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

Henry Fonda is thrown into action by trying to halt two spirited horses charging down the street with an open carriage. This is the kind of incident that propels a story forward. Without it, there's no need for Fonda to be in the film.

You get a clear sense of who Lillian Russell is. She wants to sing on stage just like an actor wants to act in the theatre. She is consumed by her ambition and cannot see herself doing anything else.

I'm not particularly a fan of Don Ameche and I'm not sure if he contributes anything to this film.

It touches on the Suffragette Movement, but that's just a backdrop. It's not the story.

Overall, it plods along without any engagement in terms of story or character. Fonda fans would do well to stay away from this film.


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