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No one, even the most backward, uneducated person -- talks like this all the time. The actors are forced to use incorrect grammar in every sentence they speak and it comes off as inauthentic. You can't follow the film properly because of the way they are always figuring out how they should talk. Poor Joel McCrae (Sullivan's Travels) is terribly miscast, and Ginger Rogers showed she could act in Kitty Foyle. But here they are forced to "hick it up" and do so in the most unnatural of ways. It all comes across as amateurish and juvenile.
As raw material, it's a potpourri of Eugene O'Neill manque and Preston Sturges first-draft; as sociology, it's pretttty close to consummate. Anyone who sees the name Gregory LaCava on the director's line, just a few years after "My Man Godfrey," won't be surprised at the fluency of the portrayal of the differences between lower-middle-class striving and underclass, from Rogers' wrong-side-of-the-tracks family to the 'Portuguee girls' down the road and the Mexican cook at the greasy spoon McCrea and his father proudly run. This is a smart movie within the studio system, and it thrashes hundreds and hundreds of more glib entries from every generation. Watch and see what you think.
A strong cast and intelligent script make this a step above the common film. 2 parts chick-flick and 1 part social-morality tale, this one has a lively repartee throughout.
Primrose Path is an incredible film. It is about a girl from the "wrong" side of the tracks who falls in love with an ambitious young man from the "right" side of the tracks. Ginger Rogers and Joel McCrea give fantastic performances. The screenplay is well written. Gregory LaCava did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama. Primrose Path is a must see.
Corny melodrama about a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, Ginger Rogers, getting involved with an up and coming young businessman, Joel McCrea. It's a pretty standard soaper and the only thing to distinguishes it from others of it's ilk is that the film was rather open about Rogers' mother being a prostitute, which was quite controversial at the time. The average material is greatly elevated by the two leads.
Solid dramatic turn from Ginger Rogers, ended up liking this one quite a bit. Rogers and McCrea near the end are a little too horrible to each other to really want them to get back together, but it still works. Also wanted someone to slap the grandmother a little bit - horrible woman.
An old movie on TV during Ginger Rogers movie day. Not at all like her normal dance-with-Fred-Astaire type movies. She plays a young woman who manages to pull herself out of her circumstances only to be dragged back down again. It is hard to believe that such an innocuous movie would have affected the sensibilities off the 1940's censor boards.
Pleasant enough Ginger Rogers romance which is not stand-out, but is well made.
Good performances, especially Marjorie Rambeau and Queenie Vassar. The fine script make this classic a winner. Interesting throughout, solid entertainment.
So I'm a sucker for Joel McCrea.