Presenting Lily Mars (1943)





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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.
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Judy Garland
as Lily Mars
Van Heflin
as John Thornway
Fay Bainter
as Mrs. Thornway
Richard Carlson
as Owen Vail
Spring Byington
as Mrs. Mars
Marta Eggerth
as Isobel Rekay
Janet Chapman
as Violet
Ray McDonald
as Charlie Potter
Marilyn Maxwell
as Chorus Girl
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Is filled with enough cliches to fill all the potholes in Manhattan.

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Audience Reviews for Presenting Lily Mars

Judy is always wonderful but the plot is predictable and the songs aren't that great, either. Best scene: Garland's duet with Connie Gilchrist to "Ev'ry Little Movement."

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

Truly one of the funniest movies of Judy Garland... it's a great love story but not focusing of the romance part of it... I would watch it again and again and again... Really great romantic comedy musical... Once again Judy Garland is superb at age of 21 in this movie... Just gorgeous and extremely talented!

Stefanie Rizzi
Stefanie Rizzi

Classic Judy...

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

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