Liliom (1930)

89-90 mins | Melodrama, Fantasy | 5 October 1930

Director:

Frank Borzage

Cinematographer:

Chester Lyons

Production Company:

Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

For information on other adaptations of the play Liliom , please consult the entry above for the 1956 Twentieth Century-Fox film Carousel , directed by Henry King and starring Gordon MacRae and Shirley ... More Less

For information on other adaptations of the play Liliom , please consult the entry above for the 1956 Twentieth Century-Fox film Carousel , directed by Henry King and starring Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
EHW
30 Aug 1930
p. 28.
EHW
30 Sep 1930
p. 37.
Film Daily
14 Sep 1930
p. 10.
Life
31 Oct 1930
p. 22.
New York Times
4 Oct 1930
p. 15.
New York Times
12 Oct 1930
p. 5.
Time
20 Oct 1930
p. 38.
Variety
8 Oct 1930
p. 22.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Settings
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Orig mus score
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Liliom by Ferenc Molnár (Budapest, 1909).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Dream of Romance" and "Thief Song," words and music by Richard Fall and Marcella Gardner.
DETAILS
Release Date:
5 October 1930
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 3 October 1930
Production Date:
began 30 April 1930
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
2 September 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1581
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
89-90
Length(in feet):
8,472
Length(in reels):
11
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Liliom, a merry-go-round barker at a Budapest amusement park, becomes enamored of Julie, a servant girl, and though under the influence of Madame Muskat, a sideshow entrepreneur, he marries the girl. Although he has not been a good provider, Liliom is spurred into action by the discovery that his wife is pregnant and eventually is influenced by his friend Buzzard, to rob a bank cashier so that he can take Julie to America. The plan goes wrong, and rather than be caught, Liliom kills himself and is carried by a celestial express to heaven. En route, he is accosted by the Chief Magistrate and is accorded another chance of ten years on Earth. When he returns, Julie does not know him, and resents his frantic attempts to enter her garden. Time demonstrates that promises of reform are useless, and he is returned to the heavenly train, where the Chief Magistrate convinces him that he can make his wife and daughter happy only by leaving them with cherished ... +


Liliom, a merry-go-round barker at a Budapest amusement park, becomes enamored of Julie, a servant girl, and though under the influence of Madame Muskat, a sideshow entrepreneur, he marries the girl. Although he has not been a good provider, Liliom is spurred into action by the discovery that his wife is pregnant and eventually is influenced by his friend Buzzard, to rob a bank cashier so that he can take Julie to America. The plan goes wrong, and rather than be caught, Liliom kills himself and is carried by a celestial express to heaven. En route, he is accosted by the Chief Magistrate and is accorded another chance of ten years on Earth. When he returns, Julie does not know him, and resents his frantic attempts to enter her garden. Time demonstrates that promises of reform are useless, and he is returned to the heavenly train, where the Chief Magistrate convinces him that he can make his wife and daughter happy only by leaving them with cherished memories. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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