Presenting Lily Mars

Presenting Lily Mars

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Norman Taurog
Produced by Joe Pasternak
Written by Jack Mintz (comedy construction)
Screenplay by Richard Connell
Gladys Lehman
Based on Presenting Lily Mars
1937 novel
by Booth Tarkington
Starring Judy Garland
Van Heflin
Music by George Stoll
Cinematography Joseph Ruttenberg
Edited by Albert Akst
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • April 29, 1943 (1943-04-29)
Running time
104 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,045,000[1]
Box office $3,255,000[1]

Presenting Lily Mars is a 1943 American musical 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 heads to Broadway hoping for stardom, 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. 1 2 3 The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  3. Presenting Lily Mars,
  4. "Top Grossers of the Season", Variety, 5 January 1944 p 54
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