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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 »
NewsDesk:
(15 articles)
Contenders: Crops of Tunes Inspire and Bottle Films’ Spirit
 (From Variety - Film News. 10 December 2014, 10:00 AM, PST)

Guy Lodge's DVDs and downloads
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 18 January 2014, 4:05 PM, PST)

Oscar Predictions 2012: Best Actor Jean Dujardin
 (From Alt Film Guide. 23 February 2012, 11:01 PM, PST)

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Good Cast & An Interesting Story See more (43 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)
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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Trivia:
When the drunken Norman Maine character raucously interrupts the Oscar presentation, it was déja vu for Janet Gaynor. She had brought her sister to the Academy Awards ceremony in 1929, when she won the first Best Actress Oscar ever awarded, for 7th Heaven (1927). Her sister became very drunk and completely out of control, thoroughly embarrassing Gaynor.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:
Grandmother Lettie:Tragedy is a test of courage. If you can meet it bravely, it will leave you bigger than it found you. If not than you will have to live all you life as a coward, because no matter where you may run you can never run away from yourself.See more »
Soundtrack:
Bye Bye BabySee more »

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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Good Cast & An Interesting Story, 5 July 2001
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

This early version of "A Star is Born" is well-performed by a good cast, and an interesting story. The basic idea is fairly simple, but filled with potential, and it is done skillfully.

Janet Gaynor and Frederic March work very well as a Hollywood couple whose careers are headed in different directions, with March's performance being especially good. The rest of the cast rounds out the picture nicely with good performances of their own. While the inside look at Hollywood is interesting in its own right, the heart of the story is the way that the couple's marriage and relationships are affected by her career taking off at the same time that his is crashing. It's the kind of story that only works with believable characters, careful writing, and convincing acting, and all of those are present here.

While overshadowed by the lavish 50's remake, this earlier version is still quite worthwhile in its own right.

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