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Primrose Path (1940)





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In her third film for innovative director Gregory LaCava, Ginger Rogers briefly turns her back on her established screen image by playing the daughter and granddaughter of prostitutes. Determined not to pursue the "family business", Ellie May Adams (Rogers) opts for respectability, as personified by clean-limbed Ed Wallace (Joel McCrea, teamed with Rogers for the first time since 1933's Chance at Heaven). Alas, all of Ellie May's dreams of connubial bliss fly out the window when Ed is introduced to her alcoholic father Homer (Miles Mander), her round-heeled mother Mamie (Marjorie Rambeau) and her equally randy grandmother (Queenie Vassar). Briefly losing Ed's affections, Ellie May tearfully resigns herself to taking care of her family-but will she resort to the World's Oldest Profession to keep food on the table? Adapted from Victoria Lincoln's novel February Hill (Lincoln's name didn't appear on the credits due to legal entanglements), Primrose Path managed to retain a goodly portion of the novel's bite without unduly straining RKO Radio's relationship with Joe Breen's censorship office.

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Ginger Rogers
as Ellie May Adams
Marjorie Rambeau
as Mamie Adams
Joel McCrea
as Ed Wallace
Miles Mander
as Homer Adams
Joan Carroll
as Honeybell Adams
Carmen Morales
as Carmelita
Gene Morgan
as Hawkins
Lorin Raker
as Man in Diner (uncredited)
Charles Lane
as Mr. 'Smitty' Smith / Hawkins (uncredited)
Mara Alexander
as Girl in Bluebell (uncredited)
Herbert Corthell
as Herb - Man Getting Gas (uncredited)
Charles Williams
as Man in Diner (uncredited)
Larry McGrath
as Jake Halpern - Man in Diner (uncredited)
Jack Gardner
as Jake's Friend in Diner (uncredited)
Nestor Paiva
as Bluebell Manager (uncredited)
Jacqueline Dalya
as Dalya - Carmelita's Friend (uncredited)
Lawrence Gleason Jr.
as Boy (uncredited)
Ray Cooke
as Man Clueing in Ed (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Primrose Path

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It's an amiable romantic comedy that has pleasing performances by stars Ginger Rogers and Joel McCrea, but little else to recommend it.

September 7, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Primrose Path


An old movie on TV during Ginger Rogers movie day. Not at all like her normal dance-with-Fred-Astaire type movies. She plays a young woman who manages to pull herself out of her circumstances only to be dragged back down again. It is hard to believe that such an innocuous movie would have affected the sensibilities off the 1940's censor boards.

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