Presenting Lily Mars (1943)

Genres - Comedy, Musical  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Comedy, Showbiz Comedy  |   Release Date - Apr 29, 1943 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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A Booth Tarkington novel was the source for the so-so Judy Garland musical Presenting Lily Mars. Garland plays the title character, a small-town girl with big-city ambitions. She heads to Broadway hoping for stardom, but after a series of disappointments the best she can manage is an understudy job. That's right, folks: the star walks out on opening night, Lily goes on in her place, and the audience boos and throws rotten tomatoes (just kidding: Lily's a sensation, of course). Van Heflin costars as a young producer who falls in love with Lily, but who avoids bestowing upon her instant stardom for fear of being accused of favoritism. Naturally, Judy Garland gets to sing a lot, and whenever she does the picture soars; other musical acts include the orchestras of Bob Crosby and Tommy Dorsey.

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actor, backstage, big-break, country-girl, love, musical [play], romance, songwriter, stars [celebrities], success