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Lillian Russell (1940) was a Biographical - Drama Film directed by Irving Cummings and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and Gene Markey.

Academy Awards 1940 --- Ceremony Number 13 (source: AMPAS)

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Best Art DirectionRichard Day, Joseph C. WrightNominated
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Lillian Russell (1940)

By Beatrice on May 17, 2014 From Flickers in Time

Lillian Russell Directed by Irving Cummings Written by William Anthony McGuire 1940/USA Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation First viewing/Fox Marquis Musicals DVD This is one of those biopics where the subject is perfect in every way. ?A great performance or a better script might have saved it.... Read full article


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"The Last Rose of Summer" (a traditional Irish folk song), sung by Alice Faye, was cut from the movie.
After the huge success of The Great Ziegfeld MGM wanted to make a movie of Lillian Russell starring Jeanette MacDonald, but that project fell through. Twentieth Century Fox then decided to make a movie about Russell.
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie onOctober 21, 1940 with Alice Faye reprising her film role.
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