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Star Dust (1940)

 -  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

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

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 <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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6 April 1940 (USA)  »

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Estrela Luminosa  »

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| (FMC Library Print)

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Star Dust
Music by Hoagy Carmichael
Lyrics by Mitchell Parish
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
Also performed by Mary Healy
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Enjoyable little trifle from Linda Darnell's early phase based on her own true story...
14 January 2009 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

The story of a hopeful young woman who wants to become a movie star is given rather clichéd treatment but still manages to be enjoyable fluff thanks to an excellent cast, all doing their best to make the film look better than it really is.

LINDA DARNELL is at her most beautiful as a young aspiring actress who has to wait awhile before she gets the big break that turns her into a movie star. JOHN PAYNE is her love interest, also an actor hoping to make it in Hollywood. Unfortunately, his role also is assigned some comic relief about a broken nose which becomes a running gag throughout the story. Nevertheless, Payne performs his chores in easy style.

The good supporting cast includes ROLAND YOUNG, CHARLOTTE GREENWOOD, DONALD MEEK,WILLIAM GARGAN--and in a bit part GEORGE MONTGOMERY.

Starts out realistically enough but soon becomes mired in a predictable script with too many Hollywood clichés thrown into the mix. But if you're a fan of Linda Darnell, don't miss this one. She's stunning.


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