Lily Christine


1h 22m 1932

Film Details

Release Date
Jul 1932
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount British Productions
Distribution Company
Paramount Publix Corp.
Country
Great Britain and United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Lily Christine by Michael Arlen (New York, 1928).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 22m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

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 her.

Film Details

Release Date
Jul 1932
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount British Productions
Distribution Company
Paramount Publix Corp.
Country
Great Britain and United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Lily Christine by Michael Arlen (New York, 1928).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 22m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

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Notes

Michael Arlen's novel was serialized in Hearst's International-Cosmopolitan in July 1928. According to Paramount script files at the AMPAS library, Arlen's novel was purchased on January 25, 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 Variety 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."