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Lillian Russell

Lillian Russell(1940)

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According to news items in Hollywood Reporter, this film was shot on location in Santa Barbara, CA, and at the T. J. Bradford estate in Pasadena, CA, which Lillian Russell had leased in 1905 while on vacation. Studio publicity contained in the Production Files at the AMPAS Library notes that Madame Rosa Binner, who designed the diamond-studded corset in the film, also designed Russell's original diamond-studded corset. A 1939 item in the New York Times adds that Darryl Zanuck bought Alice Faye's radio contract because he believed that radio appearances by film stars were hurting the box office receipts of their pictures. Richard Day and Joseph C. Wright were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Art Direction for their work on this film. In this picture, Edward Arnold portrayed Diamond Jim Brady for the second time; the first was in the 1935 film Diamond Jim Brady. In October 1940, Lux Radio Theater presented a radio version of Lillian Russell starring Alice Faye and Victor Mature.