• Lillian Russell (1940)

Lillian Russell

Release Date: 1940

DVD Release Date: February 20th, 2007

Not Yet Rated |2 hr 7 min

Plot Summary

After the Civil War, small-town girl Helen Leonard (Alice Faye) and her family move from Iowa to New York City. Leonard aspires to be an opera singer, but her dreams alter when an ambitious music hall producer thinks she'd do better with him. She changes her name to Lillian Russell and breaks out as a huge star of music theater. Despite success, Russell craves love, and becomes the object of desire of several men, including a reporter (Henry Fonda) and a sensitive musician (Don Ameche).

Cast: Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Henry Fonda, Edward Arnold, Warren William, Leo Carrillo, Helen Westley, Dorothy Peterson

Director: Irving Cummings

Genres: Musical

Keywords: Underdog, Melodramatic, New York City, Spirited, Mother, Transformation, Love, Husband, Quest


Nominated Art Direction (Black-and-White)