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Presenting Lily Mars

Synopsis
Musical comedy about Lily (Judy Garland), an aspiring actress from a small town in Indiana. In once scene Lily wants to impress a visiting Broadway producer (Heflin) and gives him a mawkish and melodramatic rendition of Lady Macbeth’s sleepwalking scene with her sister proving piano accompaniment as in the silent films. The producer criticises her audition commenting that she plays the role as if she were a schoolgirl playing to her boyfriend in the gallery. He then proceeds to give a more restrained performance of the scene. [With acknowledgement to Douglas Lanier (op cit) for plot details].
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Film
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of release
1943
Duration
102 mins

Credits

Director
Norman Taurog
Producer
Joseph Pasternak
Cinematographer
Joseph Ruttenberg
Screenplay
Gladys Lehman; Richard Connell
Music
George E. Stoll
Costume
Howard Shoup
Art Direction
Cedric Gibbons
Cast
Judy GarlandLily Mars (Lady Macbeth)
Van HeflinJohn Thornway

Additional Details

Production type
Operas and Musicals
Plays
Macbeth
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Auditions

Notes

Notes
Available on DVD Region 1 only (9/2008).
General
Based on the novel Presenting Lily Mars by Booth Tarkington.
Reviews
Lanier, Douglas, ‘Film Spin-Offs and Citations’ in Burt, Richard, (ed.) Shakespeares After Shakespeares: an Encyclopedia of the Bard in Mass Media and Popular Culture. 2 vols. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006. (p. 201, entry 826).

Production Company

Name

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Online Retailer

Name

amazon.com

Web
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