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Lydia (1941)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 25 September 1941 (USA)
Lydia MacMillan, a wealthy old woman who has never married, is invited by an old beau, Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick, for a reunion with the men who have been in her life to reminisce about the ... See full summary »

Director:

Julien Duvivier

Writers:

Julien Duvivier (story "Un Carnet de Bal"), Leslie Bush-Fekete (story "Un Carnet de Bal") (as L. Bush-Fekete) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Merle Oberon ... Lydia MacMillan
Edna May Oliver ... Sarah MacMillan
Alan Marshal ... Richard Mason
Joseph Cotten ... Michael Fitzpatrick
Hans Jaray ... Frank Andre (as Hans Yaray)
George Reeves ... Bob Willard
John Halliday ... Fitzpatrick
Sara Allgood ... Mary
Billy Ray Billy Ray ... Johnny
Frank Conlan Frank Conlan ... Old Ned
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Storyline

Lydia MacMillan, a wealthy old woman who has never married, is invited by an old beau, Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick, for a reunion with the men who have been in her life to reminisce about the times when they were young and courted her. In memory, each romance seemed splendid and destined for happiness, but in each case, Lydia realizes, the truth was less romantic, and ill-starred. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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A Free Woman, body and soul! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Illusions See more »

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Production Co:

Alexander Korda Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The poem Richard finds and reads at the cottage is "Lalla-Rookh" (or Lala Rukh) written by Thomas Moore and published in 1817. In this poem, Lalla Rukh is the daughter of Aurangzeb, the Mughal emperor. She is promised in marriage to the King of Bactria but falls in love with a poet she meets on the way to the king's palace. When she arrives, she collapses but comes to when she hears a familiar voice. The poet with whom she fell in love turns out to have been the king is disguise. See more »

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Remake of Christine (1937) See more »

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Cast member not mentioned in Credits
18 September 2006 | by WishfulDreamerSee all my reviews

Cast member who failed to be mentioned in the credits of Lydia, was the great Gertrude Hoffman, best known for her portrayal of Mrs. Odetts in My Little Margie. I saw the show many times as a kid growing up in the 50's and 60's. The scene in Lydia occurs when Lydia (portrayed by Merle Oberon) and her fiancée Robert (portrayed by George Reeves) apply for a room for their wedding night. The landlady is Gretrude Hoffman. (Merle later decides not to marry Robert, as he was drinking heavily). I am pretty certain that the landlady was Gertrude. She has appeared in a number of films, including Foreign Correspondent. I also noticed that Footlight Glamour with Penny Singleton and Arthur Lake had a lady in the cast who resembled and spoke like Gertrude, but was listed on INDb as Elspeth Dudgeon, who appeared in The Old Dark House. This is a mystery to me, as she looks exactly like the lady from Foreign Correspondent and My Little Margie!


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