A Star Is Born (1937)

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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.


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Mr. Blodgett
Posture Coach (as Guinn Williams)


Esther Blodgett is just another starry-eyed farm kid trying to break into the movies. Waitressing at a Hollywood party, she catches the eye of alcoholic star Norman Maine, is given a test, and is caught up in the Hollywood glamor machine (ruthlessly satirized). She and her idol Norman marry; but his career abruptly dwindles to nothing Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Fate Raised Her To Fame - and killed the man she loved ! See more »




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Release Date:

27 April 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nace una estrella  »

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$1,173,639 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System Noiseless Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The movie's line "Hello, everybody. This is Mrs. Norman Maine." was voted as the #52 of "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines" by Premiere in 2007. See more »


In the night court scene, the judge refers to the "commonwealth" but the movie is set in California which isn't one of the states to have commonwealth status. The judge should have referred to the "state" instead. See more »


Esther Blodgett: Some day you won't laugh at me! I'm going out and have a real life! I'm gonna be somebody!
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Referenced in Spin City: A Star Is Born (1996) See more »


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Sung by Janet Gaynor
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It's Norman's movie
24 August 2006 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

I believe this as one of the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen. I enjoyed the story, the dialog and above all I enjoyed the atmosphere and the actors. All of them are great but to me Fredric March is outstanding.

Norman/Alfred is a wonderful character: frail, undignified, touchy, weak and able to love Vicki/Esther so much, with all his heart.

Fredric March brings all of it on the screen, providing one of his best performances here.

If you would like to become an actor, I believe you should watch this movie and Mr. March's way of acting. Pay attention to his eyes, his hands, his face and his moves, especially when he interrupts his wife thanking everybody for the Oscar she got and claims he deserves three statues for the worse performances.

He is overcome by himself and starts dying. I just shivered.

To me, this version can't be compared to its remakes. The allure and the fascination of Hollywood have been perfectly represented here, together with an unpleasant and creepy feeling of emptiness.

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