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A Star Is Born (1937)

Not Rated | | Drama | 27 April 1937 (USA)
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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Complete credited cast:
Casey Burke - Director
Miss Phillips - Central Casting Clerk
Elizabeth Jenns ...
Anita Regis
Pop Randall - Landlord
J.C. Nugent ...
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  »

Box Office


$1,173,639 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System Noiseless Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Oscar that Janet Gaynor receives in the film is her own Oscar, which she won for her role in 7th Heaven (1927). 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 »


Danny McGuire: The program tonight's gonna be swell. Take this fella Beethoven: I'm a pushover for him. And Chopin - well, he's not so dusty, either.
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Referenced in Gomer Pyle: USMC: A Star Is Not Born (1968) See more »


California, Here I Come
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by Joseph Meyer
(variations in the score as Esther arrives in Hollywood)
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colour stardom of Esther Blodgett
8 March 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Janet Gaynor plays Esther Blodgett beautifully, a girl who leaves for Hollywood with dreams of film magazines and the blessing of her granny. Once there she finds it tough-going until meeting Norman Maine (Fredric March) at a party. We've already seen Norman drunk at a theatre but here he charms Esther and actually gets her into the movies before marrying her and watching his own career crumble. March is excellent in this, and the look of the film is surprisingly modern with its lovely technicolor and gadgets (I particularly like the shower in the motor home Esther and Norman take on honeymoon). Esther's move to become star Vicki Lester, Oscar-winning actress, is unbelievable but as her real-life tragedy unfolds, compelling. And who can stay dry-eyed at the end? Remade with music and Judy Garland in 1954 (very well) but this first version is a jewel amongst other 30s classics.

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