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Stardust (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 25 March 1938 (USA)
Carla de Hulvea is a rhumba dancer who makes news by posing as a South-American heiress. She is doing fine with her hoax until she meets American Peter Jackson, a high-pressure promoter who... See full summary »

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Carla de Huelva
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Peter Jackson
Jean Colin ...
Diana West
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Otto Schultz
Mary Cole ...
Peggy
Cyril Raymond ...
Jerry Sears
Ronald Ward ...
Eric Williams
Arthur Finn ...
J.D. Meyers
Philip Pearman ...
Prince
Andreas Malandrinos ...
Ambassador
Olive Sloane ...
Gloria Dane
Peggy Novak ...
Secretary
John Stobart ...
Headwaiter
Ronald Hill ...
Attorney
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Carla de Hulvea is a rhumba dancer who makes news by posing as a South-American heiress. She is doing fine with her hoax until she meets American Peter Jackson, a high-pressure promoter who is looking for movie-producing money. He does some big-time bluffing on his own in order to get Carla to invest in a film he is making with his partner, Roy Harley. Through Carla, Roy meets actress Diana West, who is given a role in the movie, and Roy falls in love with her. Before Carla and Peter have finished outsmarting each other, there is a merry mix-up which involves Roy, Diana and Otto Schultz. Everything works out when the film is finally completed and, due to a new color-process, the film is booked my a major theatre-circuit, enabling the independent production to pay off. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Originally filmed in an unidentified color process, results were so unsatisfactory (described in Variety film review 25 May 1938), that the film was released in black and white. See more »

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Perpetual Motion
Written by James Dyrenforth and Kenneth Leslie-Smith
Sung by Lupe Velez
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Profoundly Strange But That's Not So Bad
7 April 2007 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

A fine cast stuck in a musical with production numbers so ineptly directed one wonders if a monkey wandering by was responsible. Given the bad print quality and murky visuals, it also comes across as a faded relic from some bizarro planet, which is actually one of its unintended attractions. The highlight is a wacked-out space jaunt with an eye-rolling moon face and tapsters on stars, but it sounds better than it is, owing to extremely clunky direction and editing. The dance ensembles are good, just flatly recorded. Lupe Velez and Harry Langdon do what they can to keep things lively, but the movie is pretty much sunk by uninspired direction.


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