Presenting Lily Mars

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Presenting Lily Mars
Theatrical release poster
Directed byNorman Taurog
Produced byJoe Pasternak
Written byJack Mintz (comedy construction)
Screenplay byRichard Connell
Gladys Lehman
Based onPresenting Lily Mars
1937 novel
by Booth Tarkington
StarringJudy Garland
Van Heflin
Music byGeorge Stoll
CinematographyJoseph Ruttenberg
Edited byAlbert Akst
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • April 29, 1943 (1943-04-29)
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$3,255,000[1]

Presenting Lily Mars is a 1943 American musical comedy film directed by Norman Taurog, produced by Joe Pasternak, starring Judy Garland and Van Heflin, and based on the novel by Booth Tarkington. The film is often cited as Garland's first film playing an adult type role (although For Me and My Gal, released the previous year, is also often credited thus). Tommy Dorsey and Bob Crosby appear with their orchestras in this Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer production.

Garland was given the Hollywood "glamor treatment" for this role, as seen in this promotional image for the film.


Lily Mars (Judy Garland) is a small-town girl with big-city ambitions. She contrives to audition for a Broadway producer whose father was the local physician who also happened to tune the Mars’ family piano. However, the producer wants nothing to do with her. She then heads to Broadway hoping to convince him to cast her, but after a series of disappointments, the best she can manage is an understudy job.[2]


Bob Crosby and Garland


The soundtrack includes:

The finale, "Where There's Music", originally included parts of "St. Louis Blues", "In The Shade of the Old Apple Tree", and "It's a Long Way to Tipperary", which were deleted from the final version.


According to MGM records the film earned USD$2,216,000 in the US and Canada and $1,039,000 elsewhere, resulting in a profit of $1,211,000.[1][4]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. ^ Presenting Lily Mars (1943), AllMovie.
  3. ^ Presenting Lily Mars,
  4. ^ "Top Grossers of the Season", Variety, 5 January 1944 p 54

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