Primrose Path
First screened in October 2007 / Most recently screened in January 2016
Director: Gregory La Cava. Cast: Ginger Rogers, Joel McCrea, Marjorie Rambeau, Queenie Vassar, Miles Mander, Henry Travers, Joan Carroll, Vivienne Osborne, Gene Morgan, Carmen Morales, Bobby Barber, Jacqueline Dalya, Charles Lane, Larry McGrath. Screenplay: Allan Scott and Gregory La Cava (based on the novel February Hill by Victoria Lincoln and the play by Robert L. Buckner and Walter Hart).

Twitter Capsule: Compellingly strange downscale drama, evoking the heroine's shame of poverty and family as few movies of its era do.

VOR:   Much of what hampers the film from one stanpoint, such as its ambivalent blend of candor and euphemism, sorrow and romance, also makes it memorable. Quite frank about sex work.

Photo © 1940 RKO Radio Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. B

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Supporting Actress: Marjorie Rambeau

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