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Look for the Silver Lining Details


The short but colorful life of American musical comedy star Marilyn Miller is given the standard prettified Hollywood treatment in Look for the Silver Lining. June Haver, an accomplished dancer-singer in her own right, is well-cast as Miller, who rises from an appendage in her parents' vaudeville act to the toast of Broadway. Along the way, she suffers such personal tragedies as the wartime death of her first husband, songwriter Frank Carter (Gordon Macrae), but manages to smile through the tears and go on to even loftier showbiz heights. The film ends in 1936, the year of Miller's death; we last see her "giving her all" to her audience, while an offstage observer makes ominous comments about her future. The Phoebe and Henry Ephron/Marian Spitzer screenplay (based on a story by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby) glosses over Marilyn Miller's notorious prima donna behavior; she is shown lording it over the "little people" in only one scene, whereupon she is gently put in her place by the remonstrative Frank Carter. Charles Ruggles and Rosemary DeCamp co-star as Miller's vaudevillian parents, while Ray Bolger is his usual ebullient self as Jack Donahue; also on hand are S.Z. Sakall and Walter Catlett, recreating a scene from Miller's 1925 Broadway triumph Walter Catlett (Catlett had appeared in the original production). Look for the Silver Lining was produced by Warner Bros., the same company that released the real Marilyn Miller's three starring films back in the early days of the talkies. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ray Heindorf Best Drama or Comedy Score 1949 Nominee


June Haver
as Marilyn Miller
Ray Bolger
as Jack Donahue
Gordon MacRae
as Frank Carter
Charlie Ruggles
as Caro Miller
Rosemary de Camp
as Mama Miller
Lynn Wilde
as Ruth Miller
Dick Simmons
as Henry Doran
S.Z. Sakall
as Shendorf
Walter Catlett
as Himself
George Zoritch
as Ballet Specialty
Lillian Yarbo
as Violet
Paul E. Burns
as Mr. Beeman
Douglas Kennedy
as Doctor
Monte Blue
as St. Clair
Jack Gargan
as Stage Manager
Esther Howard
as Mrs. Moffitt
Ted Mapes
as Driver
Will Rogers, Jr.
as Will Rogers
Jack Gargan
as Stage Manager
Ted Mapes
as Driver
Esther Howard
as Mrs. Moffitt
Monte Blue
as St. Clair


David Butler
Harry Ruby
Screen Story
Phoebe Ephron
Bert Kalmar
Screen Story
Henry Ephron
J. Peverell Marley
Ray Heindorf
Composer (Music Score)
Ray Heindorf
Musical Direction/Supervision
Irene Morra
Marjorie Best
Costume Designer
William Travilla
Costume Designer
LeRoy J. Prinz
Perc Westmore
Bill Cooley