Lily Christine (1932)

50 mins | Drama | July 1932

Director:

Paul L. Stein

Production Company:

Paramount British Productions
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HISTORY

Michael Arlen's novel was serialized in Hearst's International-Cosmopolitan in Jul 1928. According to Paramount script files at the AMPAS library, Arlen's novel was purchased on 25 Jan 1932 for £2,500. According to copyright records, some scenes were filmed on location in London at Kensington Gardens, Bond Street, Mayfair Street and Square and Berkeley Square. A Var review notes that "this is the picture which reputedly convinced Paramount...that making films in England is a waste of a good many things, including ... More Less

Michael Arlen's novel was serialized in Hearst's International-Cosmopolitan in Jul 1928. According to Paramount script files at the AMPAS library, Arlen's novel was purchased on 25 Jan 1932 for £2,500. According to copyright records, some scenes were filmed on location in London at Kensington Gardens, Bond Street, Mayfair Street and Square and Berkeley Square. A Var review notes that "this is the picture which reputedly convinced Paramount...that making films in England is a waste of a good many things, including money." More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
New York Times
29 May 32
p. 4.
Variety
20 Sep 32
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
Adpt and scen
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Lily Christine by Michael Arlen (New York, 1928).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
July 1932
Production Date:
at British and Dominions Studios, Elstree, England
Copyright Claimant:
Afgar Corp.
Copyright Date:
8 August 1932
Copyright Number:
LP3187
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
50
Length(in reels):
7
Countries:
United Kingdom, United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Lily Christine Summerest is stranded on a country road when she is rescued by novelist Rupert Harvey, who invites her to stay the night at his home, as a storm is threatening her return to London. Rupert's wife Muriel is away that night, but Lily and Rupert innocently spend the evening talking. Lily reveals to Rupert her unhappy marriage to philandering Ivor Summerest, a national sports hero. Later, Lily and Muriel also become friends, and the Harveys and Lily are dining out when they see Ivor with Mrs. Abbey, a famous actress. Lily discounts Mrs. Abbey as just another one of Ivor's affairs and is shocked when her husband goes to Paris and sends her a telegram saying he is leaving her for the actress. Concerned about her reputation, Mrs. Abbey insists that Ivor divorce Lily on the grounds that she has been cheating on him with Rupert, an outright lie. Muriel believes the lie, however, and Rupert asks Lily to reconcile with Ivor so his marriage will not be destroyed. Lily asks a friend to be her co-respondent which would thereby clear Rupert's name and secure a divorce from Ivor, but her friend declines because he knows she loves Ivor. Lily walks home and is so overwrought that she does not see the bus that kills ... +


Lily Christine Summerest is stranded on a country road when she is rescued by novelist Rupert Harvey, who invites her to stay the night at his home, as a storm is threatening her return to London. Rupert's wife Muriel is away that night, but Lily and Rupert innocently spend the evening talking. Lily reveals to Rupert her unhappy marriage to philandering Ivor Summerest, a national sports hero. Later, Lily and Muriel also become friends, and the Harveys and Lily are dining out when they see Ivor with Mrs. Abbey, a famous actress. Lily discounts Mrs. Abbey as just another one of Ivor's affairs and is shocked when her husband goes to Paris and sends her a telegram saying he is leaving her for the actress. Concerned about her reputation, Mrs. Abbey insists that Ivor divorce Lily on the grounds that she has been cheating on him with Rupert, an outright lie. Muriel believes the lie, however, and Rupert asks Lily to reconcile with Ivor so his marriage will not be destroyed. Lily asks a friend to be her co-respondent which would thereby clear Rupert's name and secure a divorce from Ivor, but her friend declines because he knows she loves Ivor. Lily walks home and is so overwrought that she does not see the bus that kills her. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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