The movie’s main theme song was “After the Party’s Over,” which Lillian probably never introduced. Her most famous song was written by John Stromberg, “Come Down, My Evening Star.” Several other of the movie’s songs were especially written, in the style of the era, to highlight the lovely voice of Alice Faye -- actually nonpareil that of Lillian’s!
And so, like Lillian’s evening star, our town came to rest after its exhausting week. Gone were the Marions and the Mann Brothers, who entertained thousands with their street programs. Gone, back to the road, were the Clinton Giants who’d played baseball every night during the big week -- against Moline and Evansville of the Three I League. All of the hoopla and street dances were over, but it all has echoed down through the decades as one helluva celebration …. which every Clintonian alive then recalls in vivid detail!
Note: Be sure to see The Lillian Russell Story whenever it is shown at the Clinton County Historical Museum.