Lilly Turner (1933)

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A carnival magician deserts his wife when he finds out she's pregnant. She then marries the carnival's barker, but finds herself attracted to a young engineer.


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  • George Brent and Ruth Chatterton in Lilly Turner (1933)
  • Ruth Chatterton and Guy Kibbee in Lilly Turner (1933)
  • Gordon Westcott in Lilly Turner (1933)
  • Ruth Chatterton in Lilly Turner (1933)
  • Ruth Chatterton, Marjorie Gateson, and Frank McHugh in Lilly Turner (1933)
  • Robert Barrat, Ruth Chatterton, and Frank McHugh in Lilly Turner (1933)

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2 February 2004 | JohnSeal
6
| Odd but good
Lilly Turner plays like a distant and more wholesome relative of Tod Browning's Freaks. Ruth Chatterton, excellent as always, stars as a sideshow employee married to a lush (Frank McHugh) but in love with straight arrow George Brent. To complicate matters, an addled strongman (Robert Barrat) is in love with her, and escapes from the State Hospital in order to pursue her. The film is atmospherically shot by James Van Trees, and there's solid support by Guy Kibbee as the charlatan in chief of the shabby road show. Strongly recommended for fans of pre-Code cinema.

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