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An innocent small-town girl climbs to the top of the modeling business man by man.
Lily Brannel James, an aspiring model, sets out from her small hometown in Kansas to New York City to apply to the Thomas Caraway Model Agency. After she is hired by Tom Caraway, Lily is befriended by a former top Caraway model, Mary Ashlon, who advises her on the rules of the business. That evening, Mary arranges a double date for her and Lily with advertising executive Lee Gorrance and lawyer Jim Leversoe. At the club, Mary drinks excessively to cover her despair over the disintegration of her career and Lee's inattention. When Lily takes her home, Mary gratefully gives her a good-luck porcelain slipper. Later that same night, Mary kills herself. The following day, Lee visits a stunned Lily, but shows no regret over Mary's death and coldly tells Lily not think too much about her. Lily goes on to become successful at Caraway's and maintains a friendship with Jim, who one day introduces her to his friend, Steve Harleigh, a Montana copper-mine owner on a business trip to New York. Although Steve is married, he grows lonely during his long stay in New York and asks Lily to accompany him on several innocuous outings. When Steve prepares to return to Montana, both he and Lily realize they have fallen in love, but know nothing can come of it and part. Later, when Steve has Jim give Lily a bracelet, she misinterprets the gesture and believes that Steve is trying to pay her off for their time together. Lily's career continues to flourish, but she finds it less satisfying than she had hoped. Some time later, Steve returns to New York and against Jim's advice tries to contact Lily, who refuses to see him until she accidentally runs into him at one of their former haunts. When Steve tells Lily he will be working almost full-time in New York, they decide they should make an attempt to find personal happiness and Lily rents a larger apartment where they can spend time with each other. After a pleasant interlude, Steve unhappily reveals that his wife Nora is coming to visit him for his birthday. Lily presses him to tell Nora he no longer loves her, but Steve confesses that Nora is an invalid and unable to walk due to a car accident for which he is responsible. Angry, Lily accuses Steve of being ashamed of his relationship with her and he admits he can not summon the courage to leave Nora. The night of Steve's birthday, Lily continues with her plans to throw him an elaborate party, while Steve stays with Nora who shows him the progress she is making relearning to walk. At Lily's, Tom and another friend, Maggie try unsuccessfully to stop Lily's wreckless partying. Only when Steve arrives and grows angry at Lily's behaviour does she break down and admit her fear of losing him. When Steve insists he does not know what to do about his marriage, Lily decides to force the issue and asks Jim to introduce her to Nora. Despite Jim's warnings, Lily meets Nora, but is so moved by the sincerity of Nora's affection for Steve and her real dependency upon him, that she cannot break up their marriage. Although distracted and unhappy after giving up Steve, Lily continues to work and remains resolute about her decision. One day she runs into Lee who, angered over her rebuff at his advances, tells her she ruined herself and will end up like Mary. Depressed by the accuracy of Lee's observations, Lily darkly considers ending her life, but resolves to be strong and, breaking Mary's good-luck porcelein slipper, goes on alone.
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|MPAA Ratings:||Premiere Info:||not available|
|Release Date:||1950||Production Date:||
|Color/B&W:||Black and White||Distributions Co:||Loew's Inc.|
|Sound:||Mono (Western Electric Sound System)||Production Co:||Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.|
|Duration(mins):||108 or 110||Country:||United States|
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