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Star Dust (1940)

Approved | | Drama, Comedy | 6 April 1940 (USA)
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
Lola Langdon
Dane Wharton
Mary Healy ...
Mary Andrews
Sam Wellman
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 <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Drama | Comedy


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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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Don't Let It Get You Down
Written by Mack Gordon
Performed by Mary Healy and Charlotte Greenwood
Played often in the score
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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.


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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