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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:
One Star Born, One Star Fades 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)
 
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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:
Sometimes erroneously stated as Lana Turner's film debut as an extra in the scene at Santa Anita, but Turner's daughter Cheryl Crane has confirmed that Turner did not appear in this film.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:
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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FAQ

How does the movie end?
What is 'A Star is Born' about?
Is it true that another actress took the stage name "Vicki Lester" based on this movie?
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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
One Star Born, One Star Fades, 12 May 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

A Star is Born has had two remakes since this 1937 version, but when this film is discussed this is usually the version that stands out.

I guess if the story has a moral to it, it's that for one star in 'shimmering firmament' to be born one has to die. It can be a funny end like what happens to Lina Lamont in Singing in the Rain or it can be a tragic tale as what happens to Norman Maine in this film. But Kathy Selden and Vicki Lester do go on.

Esther Blodgett as played by Janet Gaynor is a symbol for all the young people, women in this case, who dream of seeing themselves on the big screen. Encouraged morally and financially by her grandmother May Robson, Gaynor goes to Hollywood and experiences all the frustrations of a young hopeful. But fate is on her side in the person of leading man Norman Maine, played by Fredric March in one of his best screen performances.

Though Gaynor and March were both nominated for Gaynor the part of Esther Blodgett/Vicki Lester was no stretch for her. She'd been doing the part of fresh small town girls for most of her screen career, this being the best of them. For March however, he has to play a weak character, something he had not really tackled before.

I guess Hollywood knows itself better than anyone else and films about the industry can be scathing. The star is a creature with a fragile ego, one moment a whim can move mountains, a slip in public affections and no one wants to know you. March as Maine has been slipping for some time and he catches on, way too late.

But as March is going down, Gaynor is on the up escalator and they meet mid point and fall in love. How they deal with their joint careers or lack thereof in one case is what A Star is Born is all about.

March and Gaynor get good support from Adolphe Menjou as an understanding producer, Andy Devine as Gaynor's fellow boarder at her place of residence and most of all from Lionel Stander as the cynical press agent who inadvertently puts the finish to March's career.

Gaynor's final moment on the screen is one of the great classic events as she proclaims to the world she's Mrs. Norman Maine. And why March does what he does is will start an endless discussion of speculation. Watch this film and come to your own conclusion.

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