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A Star Is Born -- From maverick filmmaker William A. Wellman (The Public Enemy, Nothing Sacred) comes the original, timeless tale of Hollywood fantasy and heartbreak: A STAR IS BORN.  Starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March.

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Writers:
Dorothy Parker (screen play) &
Alan Campbell (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
27 April 1937 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Fate Raised Her To Fame - and killed the man she loved ! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
colour stardom of Esther Blodgett See more (44 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 ... Mr. Blodgett

Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Posture Coach (as Guinn Williams)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jean Acker ... Woman at Preview (uncredited)
Eric Alden ... Niles' Assistant (uncredited)
Irving Bacon ... Station Agent (uncredited)

Jane Barnes ... Waitress #1 (uncredited)
Vince Barnett ... Otto (uncredited)
Clara Blandick ... Aunt Mattie (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... Santa Anita Cop (uncredited)
Sidney Bracey ... Burke's Butler (uncredited)
Harry C. Bradley ... Niles' Assistant (uncredited)
Lynton Brent ... Reporter (uncredited)
Blanche Bush ... (uncredited)
Buddy Byron ... (uncredited)
Helene Chadwick ... Woman at Preview (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Deliveryman (uncredited)
Billy Coe ... Bartender (uncredited)

Virginia Dabney ... (uncredited)

Billy Dooley ... Film Crewman with Spray Gun (uncredited)
Dora Early ... (uncredited)
Herbert Evans ... Burke's Bartender (uncredited)
Rex Evans ... (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Cuddles (uncredited)
Francis Ford ... William Gregory (uncredited)
Trixie Friganza ... Mabel (uncredited)
Jean Gale ... (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Garcia (uncredited)
Harrison Greene ... Chubby Previewer (uncredited)
Carlton Griffin ... Cameraman (uncredited)
Jonathan Hale ... Judge George J. Parris (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Cop Outside Courtroom (uncredited)
Lillian Harmer ... Wardrobe Woman (uncredited)
Grace Hayle ... Woman in Funeral Mob (uncredited)
Edward Hearn ... Sanitarium Attendant (uncredited)
Leon Holmes ... (uncredited)
Robert Homans ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Janice Hood ... (uncredited)
Kenneth Howell ... Milton Rails (uncredited)
Olin Howland ... Judd Baker (uncredited)
Arthur Hoyt ... Assistant Makeup Artist (uncredited)
Mary Jane Irving ... (uncredited)

I. Stanford Jolley ... Boxing Ringside Spectator (uncredited)
Armand Kaliz ... (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ... Burke's Party Guest (uncredited)
Matty Kemp ... Preview Reporter (uncredited)
Claude King ... John (uncredited)
Elaine Koehler ... (uncredited)

Carole Landis ... Girl in Beret at Santa Anita Bar (uncredited)
Myra Marsh ... John's Assistant (uncredited)
Chris-Pin Martin ... José Rodriguez (uncredited)

Edwin Maxwell ... Vocal Coach (uncredited)
Buddy Messinger ... Boy Delivering Fan Mail (uncredited)
Willy Morris ... Niles' Secretary (uncredited)
Ferdinand Munier ... Burke's Waiter (uncredited)
Marshall Neilan ... Bert (uncredited)
David Newell ... Sam (uncredited)
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Santa Anita Clubhouse Bartender (uncredited)

Dennis O'Keefe ... Burke's Party Guest (uncredited)
Ted Oliver ... Santa Anita Cop #2 (uncredited)
Renee Orsell ... (uncredited)

Franklin Pangborn ... Billy Moon (uncredited)
Harvey Parry ... Boxer (uncredited)
Osgood Perkins ... Otto (uncredited)
Bob Perry ... Boxing Referee (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Bailiff #1 (uncredited)
Jed Prouty ... Artie Carver (uncredited)
Sally Raynor ... (uncredited)
Tom Ricketts ... Ray (uncredited)
Adrian Rosley ... Makeup Artist (uncredited)
Kathryn Sheldon ... Funeral Spectator (uncredited)
Marla Shelton ... (uncredited)
Paul Stanton ... Academy Award Presenter (uncredited)

Vera Steadman ... (uncredited)
Kay Sutton ... (uncredited)
A.W. Sweatt ... Aleck Blodgett (uncredited)
Margaret Tallichet ... Marion (uncredited)
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ... Black Witness (uncredited)
Tommy Tucker ... (uncredited)
Leonard Walker ... Hollywood Bowl Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Luana Walters ... (uncredited)
Cynthia Westlake ... (uncredited)
Gayne Whitman ... Grauman's Chinese Theater Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Charles Williams ... Hanley (uncredited)
Clarence Wilson ... Justice of the Peace (uncredited)

Directed by
William A. Wellman 
Jack Conway (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Dorothy Parker (screen play) &
Alan Campbell (screen play) &
Robert Carson (screen play)

William A. Wellman (from a story by) and
Robert Carson (from a story by)

Ben Hecht  contributing writer (uncredited)
Ring Lardner Jr.  contributing writer (uncredited)
John Lee Mahin  contributing writer (uncredited)
Budd Schulberg  contributing writer (uncredited)
David O. Selznick  contributing writer (uncredited)
Adela Rogers St. Johns  uncredited

Produced by
David O. Selznick .... producer
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
W. Howard Greene (photography)
 
Film Editing by
James E. Newcom (film editor)
Anson Stevenson (uncredited)
 
Casting by
Charles Richards (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Lansing C. Holden  (as Lansing Holden)
 
Art Direction by
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Costume Design by
Omar Kiam (costumes)
 
Makeup Department
Elizabeth Arden .... makeup artist: screen and stage (uncredited)
Paul Stanhope .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Eddie Voight .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Ray Flynn .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eric Stacey .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Edward G. Boyle .... associate art director
Harold Fenton .... construction supervisor (uncredited)
Robert Lander .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Oscar Lagerstrom .... recordist (as Oscar Lagestrom)
 
Special Effects by
Jack Cosgrove .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Potevin .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera: Technicolor (uncredited)
Melbourne Spurr .... publicity photographer (uncredited)
Charles Straumer .... camera operator (uncredited)
Fred Williams .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Eddie Schmidt .... wardrobe designer: Adolphe Menjou (uncredited)
Eddie Schmidt .... wardrobe maker: Adolphe Menjou (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Hal C. Kern .... supervising film editor
Val Lewton .... editing assistant: David O. Selznick (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color supervisor
Russell Birdwell .... press representative (uncredited)
Barbara Keon .... production secretary (uncredited)
Corynn Kiehl .... production secretary (uncredited)
Mason N. Litson .... location manager (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
111 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System Noiseless Recording)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 17, 1940 with Adolphe Menjou reprising his film role.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
Norman Maine:What do they do with the actors while you're away?
Matt Libby:Oh, they cut 'em into slices and fry 'em with eggs.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Dog Day Afternoon (1975)See more »
Soundtrack:
Dancing in the DarkSee more »

FAQ

How does the movie end?
Is it true that another actress took the stage name "Vicki Lester" based on this movie?
What is 'A Star is Born' about?
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25 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
colour stardom of Esther Blodgett, 8 March 2003
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

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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