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Air Force fliers Rick Williams and Mike Nolan attempt to meet film star Nell Wayne, with whom Rick shares a hometown but not much else. Fellow film stars Doris Day and Ruth Roman mistakenly... See full summary »

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Doris Day
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Virginia Mayo
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Air Force fliers Rick Williams and Mike Nolan attempt to meet film star Nell Wayne, with whom Rick shares a hometown but not much else. Fellow film stars Doris Day and Ruth Roman mistakenly believe Rick to be very close to Nell and arrange for him to meet her. The pair begin to form a match, especially after Nell, Doris, and Ruth arrange for Hollywood stars to perform for G.I.s in transit to and from the Korean War, at Travis Air Base. But Nell thinks Rick is getting ready to ship out to the war, when in reality, he and Mike ferry troops part of the way then return to Travis Air Base with returning soldiers. Nell is furious with Rick for letting her believe he was headed to a war zone, especially because the press has made a huge story of their romance. Meantime, a new program, Operation Starlift, has been set in place by the Air Force and the Hollywood studios, whereby stars are flown to San Francisco to perform for the outbound and inbound troops. Movie stars such as Randolph Scott,... Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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In a shot of the troops boarding their aircraft at Travis AFB the number on its tail is 8399. When a jeep pulls up in front of supposedly the same aircraft its number (on the nose) is 2600. See more »

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When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
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A Variety Show Lifted by Doris Day and Gene Nelson
16 April 2009 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

A slew of big-name entertainers seek to entertain film audiences, by entertaining troops headed for the Korean War, from California's Travis Air Force Base. Up-and-comers Janice Rule (as Nell Wayne) and Ron Hagerthy (as Rick Williams) provide an interconnecting romantic storyline, but it's really a Warner Brothers variety show. "Starlift" is light and pleasant, with your enjoyment dependent upon your interest in the performers and material on screen.

Doris Day was, at the time, the nation's newest box office sensation; and, she generously contributes the Gershwins' "''S Wonderful", plus the lovely medley "You Oughta Be in Pictures"/"You Do Something to Me". Day was always great with a duet, and the breezy "You're Gonna Lose Your Gal" is perfect, with Gordon MacRae. By the way, that Monaco/Young duet sounds nothing like Lennon/McCartney's "You're Gonna Lose That Girl"; rather, it sounds very much like Elvis Presley's "How Would You Like To Be".

Gene Nelson is the other undeniable another highlight. His dancing, on "What Is This Thing Called Love?" (with Ms. Rule) is spectacular And, Mr. Nelson's "It's Magic" (which had already been a big hit for Day) is probably the best production in the film. Together, Day and Nelson could make the most ordinary vehicles shine brighter.

****** Starlift (12/14/51) Roy Del Ruth ~ Janice Rule, Doris Day, Gene Nelson


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