The Primrose Path | Chicago Reader

The Primrose Path

The standard Ginger Rogers plot—lower-class girl lands an upper-class boy—gets an interesting reworking in Gregory La Cava's 1940 film, which begins as bubbly screwball comedy and gradually wends its way to a bleak social realism. La Cava doesn't seem entirely in charge of the radical shifts in tone—it's as if he were following his instincts scene by scene, rather than thinking of how the whole would fit together—yet the movie's messiness carries a strange realism with it. Joel McCrea is the good-hearted suitor; Marjorie Rambeau is the heroine's mother, a broken down “hostess.” With Henry Travers and Miles Mander.

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