Limelight (1937)

Genres - Musical  |   Sub-Genres - Showbiz Drama  |   Run Time - 80 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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No relation to the same-named Charlie Chaplin production, Limelight is a joint vehicle for British movie favorite Anna Neagle and radio celebrity Arthur Tracy, aka "The Street Singer." Neagle plays chorus girl Marjorie Kaye, who discovers tenor Bob Grant (Tracy) as he sings in the streets for pennies. When the star of the show in which Marjorie is appearing develops laryngitis, she talks the producer into giving Bob a chance. Sure enough, he becomes an overnight sensation -- and surer enougher, success goes right to his head. After a brief dalliance with a society deb (Ellis Jeffreys), however, Bob realizes that he's still in love with Marjorie. In addition to the two stars, Limelight is enlivened by the dancing prowess of the legendary Tilly Losch; also showing up for an uncredited cameo is stage and screen luminary Jack Buchanan.

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chorus-girl, songwriter, stars [celebrities]