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Star Dust (1940)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Comedy  |  6 April 1940 (USA)
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Carolyn Sayres gets a Hollywood contract from talent scout Brooke but is later rejected because she's too young. She falls in love with Bud Borden, another contractee who helps her to ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ambrose Fillmore / Bud Borden
Thomas Brooke
Charlotte Greenwood ...
Lola Langdon
William Gargan ...
Dane Wharton
Mary Andrews
Sam Wellman
Jessie Ralph ...
Aunt Martha Parker
Walter Kingsford ...
Napoleon in Screen Test
Hal K. Dawson ...
Cargo, Wellman's Assistant
Jody Gilbert ...
Swedish Maid
Gary Breckner ...


Carolyn Sayres gets a Hollywood contract from talent scout Brooke but is later rejected because she's too young. She falls in love with Bud Borden, another contractee who helps her to become a star. Based partly on Darnells' early experiences in Hollywood. Wharton is a parody of Zanuck. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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Release Date:

6 April 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star  »

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| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Secrets in the Moonlight
Written by Mack Gordon
Performed by John Payne and the singers on the train
Played often in the score
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Linda Darnell's Rise to Stardom!
11 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Linda Darnell wants to be discovered by a talent scout. Well, luck falls in her lap, when Roland Young, ex-silent screen star and now movie studio talent scout, enters her diner near a college campus looking for some fresh faces. Costarring John Payne and Charlotte Greenwood with a young George Montgomery and young Robert Lowery in bit parts and other recognizeable faces, this is a pretty enjoyable film with some upbeat songs near the beginning. If I have any major problems with it, it's that it's not funny enough or involving enough in the second half to really captivate the viewer's interest. But on the whole, it should please most viewers.

There are also two other things I wanted to comment on:

(1) This movie mirrors Linda Darnell's own career. And, maybe it was the inspiration for penning this movie. When Miss Darnell was first discovered, she was under age and the Fox executives were reluctant to put her under contract. That's all I really know. But, that happens to her character here, too. (Also, this was only her third film, her second being "Day-Time Wife," which I have also reviewed.)

(2) And, on a sad note, one night while visiting a friend, Miss Darnell was badly burned, when the house caught on fire and she never recovered. She had just watched "Star Dust" on TV that night.

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