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A Star Is Born (1937)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 27 April 1937 (USA)
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A young woman comes to Hollywood with dreams of stardom, but achieves them only with the help of an alcoholic leading man whose best days are behind him.

Directors:

William A. Wellman, Jack Conway (uncredited)

Writers:

Dorothy Parker (screen play), Alan Campbell (screen play) | 3 more credits »
Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Janet Gaynor ... Esther Victoria Blodgett - aka Vicki Lester
Fredric March ... Norman Maine
Adolphe Menjou ... Oliver Niles
May Robson ... Grandmother Lettie Blodgett
Andy Devine ... Danny McGuire
Lionel Stander ... Matt Libby
Owen Moore ... Casey Burke - Director
Peggy Wood ... Miss Phillips - Central Casting Clerk
Elizabeth Jenns ... Anita Regis
Edgar Kennedy ... Pop Randall - Landlord
J.C. Nugent J.C. Nugent ... Mr. Blodgett
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Posture Coach (as Guinn Williams)
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Storyline

A young woman comes to Hollywood with dreams of stardom, but achieves them only with the help of an alcoholic leading man whose best days are behind him.

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Lights- Camera- Action! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Star Is Born See more »

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Budget:

$1,173,639 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System Noiseless Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original title for the movie was It Happened In Hollywood. See more »

Goofs

The Justice of the Peace pronounces the county name of Los Angeles as "Anjeliss," as is common nowadays. In the 1930s, English-speaking locals preferred to say it as "Angle-iss", a bit closer to the Spanish sound. To say "Anjeliss" (or "Anjeleez" as was also common) was to be marked as an outsider, until the immigration waves of the 1950s and '60s caused "Anjeliss" to win out over the other forms. See more »

Quotes

Matt Libby: That elopement thing is out; we're gonna have a wedding. Where are we going to have it?
Oliver Niles: The customary place, I believe, is a church.
Matt Libby: Nah! It's been done. This has gotta be something big... The beach! I can visualize it. The bridesmaids in bathing suits; twenty thousand Santa Monica school children spelling out the word "love"... but is it big enough?
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Soundtracks

Dancing in the Dark
(1931)
Music by Arthur Schwartz
(played at the Trocadero Club)
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User Reviews

 
what price,fame?
19 October 2008 | by disdressed12See all my reviews

this is the first version of this movie made,and the only version i have seen so far.i liked it.i thought it was touching and ironic,and also tragic.it basically tells what the movie business can do to you,and the sacrifices that are made.it also shows how disposable the industry and the people in it are.as long as you are the flavour of the week,everything seems fine.but when you're no longer useful,reality hits and things can come crashing down.that's what basically happens in this story.it's an indictment(ironically)of the movie industry,however subtle.regardless,i thought it was well done.the acting by the tow leads,Janet Gaynor,and Frederic March,as well as the supporting performances,are terrific.i also thought the writing was very good,and the movie flows very well.for me,A Star is Born gets an 8/10


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