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Lydia (1941) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by Julien Duvivier and produced by Alexander Korda and Lee Garmes.

Academy Awards 1941 --- Ceremony Number 14 (source: AMPAS)

Best Music - ScoringMiklos RozsaNominated

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Just for Fun: Lydia the Tattooed Lady (Groucho Marx from At The Circus)

By Annmarie Gatti on Oct 2, 2014 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Just for Fun:?Oh Lydia, she was the most gloooorious creature under the sun! ?Thais, DuBarry, Garbo rolled into one! Just sharing this marvelous clip of Groucho Marx singing “Lydia the Tattooed Lady” — a favorite song of mine ever since I was a kid (thanks to my Dad for introducing... Read full article

Escapism, Movies, and Lydia

By BG Voita on Jul 10, 2014 From Classic Reel Girl

It's summer, which means I finally have the opportunity to delve into books related to classic films; i.e., read for fun. Currently I am in the midst of Devin McKinney's The Man Who Saw a Ghost: The Life and Work of Henry Fonda. Although I am far from finished, I was particularly struck by the follo... Read full article


By Dawn Sample on Jul 9, 2013 From Noir and Chick Flicks

Lydia(1941). Drama directed by Julien Duvivier. Cast: Merle Oberon. It is a remake of Duvivier's Un carnet de bal (1937). After, the now elderly Lydia Macmillan attends the dedication to a children's home, a love interest from her past Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick, stops by to invite her to tea. When sh... Read full article

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The poem Lydia and Bob quote at the ball is "The Night has a Thousand Eyes" by Francis William Bourdillon, a late Victorian English poet (1852-1921). The text is "The night has a thousand eyes,/ And the day but one;/ Yet the light of the bright world dies/ With the dying sun./ The mind has a thousand eyes,/ And the heart but one:/ Yet the light of a whole life dies. /When love is done."
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie onSeptember 22, 1941 with Merle Oberon, Edna May Oliver, Alan Marshal, Joseph Cotten and George Reeves reprising their film roles.
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.
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