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Presenting Lily Mars

4.1 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

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Presenting Judy Garland! Whether swinging a hot number with Bob Crosby's orchestra or emoting a hilariously hammy version of Lady Macbeth's sleepwalking scene, Judy is a delight as a stage-struck Hoosier in this charming film based on Booth Tarkington's novel. Lily just knows she has the talent to light up the Great White Way, so when a big Broadway producer (Van Heflin) visits her hometown, she expends all the candlepower of her charisma to impress him. He's not impressed. He heads back to New York and Lily follows, thumbing her way east on what she's sure is a one-way trip to instant stardom. At a mere 20 years old, Judy had already reached stardom. Presenting Lily Mars proves why, showcasing her once-in-a-generation voice, gift for comedy and enduring movie magnetism. Break a leg, Lily!

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Judy Garland is at the peak of her charm and appeal as the title character of Presenting Lily Mars. The 19-year-old aspiring actress has great hopes for the future but can't seem to catch a break even when a Broadway producer (Van Heflin) returns to her small Indiana town for a family visit. Undeterred, she follows him to New York and earns a small part and a romance is sparked, but when the leading role unexpectedly opens up, will the talented youngster be ready? Presenting Lily Mars was released in 1943, the same year Garland would do her last collaboration with Mickey Rooney (Girl Crazy) and between her first significant adult roles, For Me and My Gal (1942) and Meet Me in St. Louis (1944). What the movie doesn't have is a lot of great music. Many of the songs are performed by other people, and while the few numbers Garland sings are gold, the songs themselves can't match the Gershwin and Arlen standards in many of her other films. The most notable is Brown & Freed's "Broadway Rhythm," which everyone should recognize from Singin' in the Rain--it's a rousing closer by Garland backed by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra. With Marta Eggerth as Garland's operatic rival, and future jazz singer Annie Ross as Garland's singing and piano-playing younger sister. --David Horiuchi

Special Features

  • Audio-only outtake of deleted finale Paging Mr. Greenbacks
  • Audio-only version of the alternate finale" Where There's Music/Broadway Rhythm"
  • Audio-only version of the alternate stereo version of "Where There's Music"
  • Radio show adaptation with June Allyson and Van Heflin
  • 1943 MGM short subject: "Heavenly Music"
  • 1943 MGM cartoon: "Who Killed Who?" directed by Tex Avery
  • Original theatrical trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: Judy Garland, Heflin, Bainter
  • Format: Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 19, 2006
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JN9L
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,000 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Presenting Lily Mars" on IMDb

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Format: VHS Tape
This is classic classic Judy, I mean it's certainly no 'Wizard' or 'Star' but it's sweeta nd Funny and Judy looks simply marvelous. I definatly recomend to anyone. I forced my mum to watch it the other day and she did unwillingly and she loved it, she say's its one of her favorite Judy films. songs are great, acting is 100% and the comedy is all there
very good .
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[Rating is difficult without seeing the DVD product ..my rating is based on previous viewings of the film.]

Some reviewers have noted that this film is only for Garland fans . I beg to differ, but as a Garland fan, my opinion on this issue would be legitimately questioned. Who cares? Musical gems abound in this film. "Every Little Movement" with Lily and a scrub woman on the bare stage illuminated only by a ghost light, singing of their passion for the theatre; Judy's final medley "Where There's Music" (and just about every tune from the Freed/MGM music storage vault, including "Gotta Dance" and "Broadway Rhythym").. they continue. Worth more othan 90 minutes of modern special effects in my book .. this is real talent kids. Watch and learn and be moved.

Judy at her most luminous. Congratulations to all involved for re-issuing this marvelous piece of movie history. Enjoy.
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This film is clever and surprisingly charming. Perfectly pitched comic set pieces and Judy Garland at her most confident, wry, and strikingly attracive... you can't lose.

Songs are lovely and lovingly delivered (except for that last overblown feathers and black lace extravanza).

The book is from a Booth Tarkington novel (his kind and clever views of americana make for fine movie fare, .i.e. "Alice Adams" with Kate Hepburn).

Judy, besides her staggering gifts of voice, luminous transparency, comic timing, and reliable emotional insincts is, in this movie, a surprisingly generous actress. Watch her scenes with her younger siblings in the film... she's confident enough to play it straight, letting them get the laughs. And the laughs come - aplenty.

That's a fine and unexpected reward from

an actress who's already stolen your heart.

Watch this film. You'll have a ball.
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The quintessential 1940s showbiz musical! Great costuming, production values, and music offset the slight plot. Garland looks lovely and shines in the role of Lily Mars, ably supported by Van Heflin as the harried producer who falls in love with Lily and makes her a star. Based on the 1933 Booth Tarkington novel. Marta Eggerth is wooden and lacks any kind of charisma, but Connie Gilchrist is wonderful in her supporting role. This type of film, with Judy at her youthful peak, is tailor-made for Technicolor, but, alas, it was filmed in black-and-white. One of Garland's best early films.
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Judy Garland's "Presenting Lily Mars" takes an old film vehicle and makes it an enjoyable treat: the young girl desperate to make it on the big time. Desperate underlined three times. In her countless efforts to get herself a reputation as a performer and a status as a star, Miss Mars manages to completely drive a big-shot producer (Van Heflin) to insanity and true love, get herself tangled with a bunch of chorus girls, and upstage a Russian singing star. Not the basis for a big star, but for Lily, her star is nevertheless slowly on the rise... Garland takes a few numbers and makes them funny and charming and spectacular in the film's finale. She is naive and pert as the insistent Lily Mars, and a joy to watch. Heflin is very good as the producer who inadvertently winds up falling for her, Marta Eggerth is... eccentric- as the vivacious singer. Supporting players are fine, too: Spring Byington is delightful as Garland's supportive mother, and Connie Gilchrist is very good as an old war-horse of the theater and Garland's confidante. Although not much substance is put into the story or songs, it's still a nice little show to watch if you can.
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Format: VHS Tape
Similar to Garland's "Everybody Sing," a successful screwball comedy of the 1930s, this later effort finds Garland as a stage-struck small town girl from an eccentric family who is determined to fascinate Broadway producer Van Heflin at all costs. A clever script with a strong supporting cast helps keep the film moving, and although Garland's vocal talents are underused in this film, her few numbers are well staged and exceptionally performed.
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This is really a fabulous confection. Judy never looked better- the honey/blond/brown hair, styled in innocently sexy way is really stunning. But, it's more than about the hair... it's truly a sweet romantic treat. The chemistry between Judy and Heflin is palpable-- and devoid of the manic kid-ness of teamings with Rooney. This film was a step-out for Judy from her usual Freed Unit duties, produced by Joe Pasternak who unearthed a different Judy from usual fare. Her charm and engagingness in tact- but here seasoned with an appealing touch of sexiness. Ableit not a classic per se, PRESENTING LILY MARS is a fine example of a perfectly charming little film serving up Judy at her pre-peak, fun, romantic. Ironically, it was originally to be a non-musical vehicle for Lana Turner. It's definitely worth watching and owning... especially for followers of JUDY-ism!!
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