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Director:
Writers:
Charles Brackett (written by) &
Billy Wilder (written by) ...
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Release Date:
25 August 1950 (Australia) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A Hollywood Story See more »
Plot:
A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 13 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
They Don't Make 'Em Like This Anymore See more (398 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Holden ... Joe Gillis

Gloria Swanson ... Norma Desmond

Erich von Stroheim ... Max Von Mayerling

Nancy Olson ... Betty Schaefer

Fred Clark ... Sheldrake
Lloyd Gough ... Morino

Jack Webb ... Artie Green
Franklyn Farnum ... Undertaker
Larry J. Blake ... 1st Finance Man (as Larry Blake)
Charles Dayton ... 2nd Finance Man

Cecil B. DeMille ... Cecil B. DeMille (in opening credits) (as Cecil B. De Mille)

Hedda Hopper ... Hedda Hopper

Buster Keaton ... Buster Keaton

Anna Q. Nilsson ... Anna Q. Nilsson

H.B. Warner ... H. B. Warner
Ray Evans ... Ray Evans
Jay Livingston ... Jay Livingston
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Aldrich ... Cop Who Drags Joe's Body from Pool (uncredited)
Joel Allen ... Prop Man #2 (uncredited)
Gertrude Astor ... Courtier (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ... Accordionist (uncredited)
Ken Christy ... Homicide Captain (uncredited)

Ruth Clifford ... Sheldrake's Secretary (uncredited)
John Cortay ... Mac - Young Gate Guard at Paramount Studios (uncredited)
Archie R. Dalzell ... Camera Operator (uncredited)
Eddie Dew ... Assistant Coroner (uncredited)
Peter Drynan ... Tailor (uncredited)

Julia Faye ... Hisham (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Phone Standby (uncredited)
Gerry Ganzer ... Connie - Betty's Roommate (uncredited)
Kenneth Gibson ... Salesman at Men's Shop (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Sanford E. Greenwald ... Newsreel Cameraman (uncredited)
Creighton Hale ... Creighton Hale (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Grip on DeMille Set (uncredited)
James Hawley ... Camera Assistant (uncredited)
Len Hendry ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
E. Mason Hopper ... Doctor (uncredited)
Stan Johnson ... First Assistant Director (uncredited)
Tiny Jones ... Little Woman outside Paramount Gate (uncredited)
Howard Joslin ... Police Lieutenant (uncredited)
Arthur Lane ... Camera Operator (uncredited)
Perc Launders ... Violinist at Norma's New Year's Eve Party (uncredited)
William Meader ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Gertrude Messinger ... Hairdresser (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Man on Golf Course (uncredited)
John 'Skins' Miller ... Hog-eye - Electrician (uncredited)
Lee Miller ... Dancing Party Guest / Paramount Studio Employee (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Prop Man #1 (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Gordon Cole (uncredited)
Jay Morley ... Fat Man (uncredited)
Bernice Mosk ... Bernice (uncredited)
Howard Negley ... Police Captain (uncredited)
Ottola Nesmith ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Eva Novak ... Courtier (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Courtier (uncredited)
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Jonesy - Older Paramount Gate Guard (uncredited)
Jack Perrin ... Detective (uncredited)
Virginia L. Randolph ... Courtier (uncredited)
Bill Sheehan ... Second Assistant Director (uncredited)
Sidney Skolsky ... Sidney Skolsky (uncredited)
Emmett Smith ... Black Man (uncredited)
Roy Thompson ... Rudy - Shoeshine Boy (uncredited)
Archie Twitchell ... Salesman at Men's Shop (uncredited)

Yvette Vickers ... Giggling Girl on Phone at Party (uncredited)
Edward Wahrman ... Camera Assistant (uncredited)

Henry Wilcoxon ... Actor on DeMille's 'Samson & Delilah' Set (uncredited)
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Directed by
Billy Wilder 
 
Writing credits
Charles Brackett (written by) &
Billy Wilder (written by) &
D.M. Marshman Jr. (written by)

Produced by
Charles Brackett .... producer
 
Original Music by
Franz Waxman 
 
Cinematography by
John F. Seitz (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Arthur P. Schmidt  (as Arthur Schmidt)
 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
John Meehan 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Ray Moyer 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Nellie Manley .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Karl Silvera .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Frank Thayer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Vera Tomei .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Hugh Brown .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles C. Coleman .... assistant director (as C.C. Coleman Jr.)
Gerd Oswald .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Steve Beers .... head carpenter (uncredited)
Jack Colconda .... props assistant (uncredited)
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Tom Plews .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Cope .... sound recordist
Harry Lindgren .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Gordon Jennings .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Otto Pierce .... camera operator (uncredited)
Glen E. Richardson .... still photographer (uncredited)
Harlow Stengel .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Walter Tayler .... gaffer (uncredited)
Fred True .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ed Fitzharris .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Hazel Hegarty .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Doane Harrison .... editorial supervisor
Frank Bracht .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Lupe Hall .... script clerk (uncredited)
Ronnie Lubin .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Norris Stensland .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sunset Boulevard" - UK, USA (alternative spelling)
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Runtime:
110 min | Argentina:115 min | West Germany:104 min (cut version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Germany:12 (re-rating) | Hungary:14 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1951) | Portugal:M/12 (DVD rating) | South Korea:15 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 (original rating) | Sweden:11 (re-rating) (1982) | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2002) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) (2003) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #13955) | West Germany:16 (original rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The directions made by the Paramount guard for Norma and Joe to go meet Cecil B. DeMille on "Stage 18" is accurate: this stage, one of the largest on the Paramount lot, was known for years as "The DeMille Stage," and now is called "The Star Trek Stage", as all the "Trek" movies and some scenes from the TV shows have shot there (the TV series, from "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987) onward had their main sets right across the studio street on Stages 8 and 9, which are right below the second-floor office occupied by Betty Schaefer in Sunset Blvd. (1950). Those offices later became the home of the "Star Trek" art department.)See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Norma tells Joe that she's bought a "revolver," but the gun is not a revolver.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Joe Gillis:Yes, this is Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, California. It's about 5 0'clock in the morning. That's the homicide squad, complete with detectives and newspaper men.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Body Double (1984)See more »
Soundtrack:
La CumparsitaSee more »

FAQ

What is the movie Joe and Norma watch?
What is the correct title - "Blvd." or "Boulevard"?
Does the mansion still exist?
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151 out of 217 people found the following review useful.
They Don't Make 'Em Like This Anymore, 2 July 2004
Author: belikemichael.com from NYC

This is such a great film on so many levels I can't really settle on where to begin. It is so beautifully shot (in that stark black/white that only nitrate negative could achieve), has a witty, clever and extremely well-written script, features some of the best acting in film's history, acrobatically balances the main plot/subplots with expert precision, contains some of the best characters on celluloid, has many true-to-life parallels (Swanson's career/real life cameos/DeMille's involvement/etc) and is peppered with such great dialogue/narration that today's film writers should take note. If that weren't enough, there's even a cameo by silent film great Buster Keaton (among others).

One of the most appealing aspects of this film is how, in the story, an aging, forgotten star is trying to recapture a bygone era (the silent film era). What's interesting is that now, so many years later, we're looking back at her looking back. To present day viewers, Gloria Swanson of the 1950's is a long forgotten lost gem and to experience her own longing for the 1920's is especially captivating (and a little chilling, I might add). I don't think this film could have had that same effect when it debuted and maybe this added dimension holds so much more appeal for today's audiences. We all know that nothing lasts forever, but we don't often consider the abandoned participants; much like the veterans of a past war.

In response to the famous Swanson line (while watching one of her silent films): "...we didn't need dialogue; we had faces", I'd like to also add that they "didn't need movies; they had films."

They truly don't make them like this anymore. 10/10

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