Presenting Lily Mars spotlights Judy Garland and Van Heflin in a stage Cinderella yarn that supplies minor switches to regulation formula, but mainly depends on performances, direction and musical mounting, to carry it through.
Story is a typical Cinderella tale, with Garland an aspiring and stagestruck youngster who attempts to catch attention of producer Van Heflin in a small Indiana town. She makes a pest of herself for 40 minutes of the running time until she follows him into New York, gets a job in his new show, and eventually falls in love with the producer.
Heflin adequately handles the asignment of the young producer who eventually falls in love with Garland. Latter delivers in her usual effective style as the aspiring actress, putting across her numbers in top fashion.
Bob Crosby band is on for one tune in a nightspot where Garland heads for the mike to sing a song, while Tommy Dorsey and his ork appears for the finale accompaniment to song and dance by Miss Garland.