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Starlift (1951)

To impress a movie star, a U.S. Air Force pilot pretends he is soon to see combat. When his lie gets out, chaos ensues.

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Doris Day
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Gordon MacRae
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Virginia Mayo
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Gene Nelson
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Ruth Roman
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Nell Wayne
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Sgt. Mike Nolan
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Cpl. Rick Williams
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Col. Callan
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Steve Rogers
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James Cagney
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Phil Harris
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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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How the stars sing 'em! and the boys cheer 'em! See more »

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26 May 1952 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Efthyma koritsia, ponira agoria  »

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Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Phil Harris: You got to understand those 52 little monsters. I figure a card is like a woman. You pick it up, you study it and just when you're deciding whether or not to hold it, you put it down and somebody else picks it up.
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Featured in The Screen Director (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

You Oughta Be in Pictures
(uncredited)
Music by Dana Suesse
Lyrics by Edward Heyman
Played during the opening shot of the theater
Also performed by Doris Day
Played occasionally in the score
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Janice Rules
8 April 2009 | by (Berkeley, California U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Of course the plot is dreary and there's not enough singing and dancing. For me, there never is. As a movie, it rather sucks, but as a DVD it is just fine. Just go to the numbers with Doris, Gordon and the people you like to watch perform. The surprising highlight of the film is Janice Rule. She and Gene Nelson dance together in two numbers. This is the only time she got to dance in a movie. I knew she danced on Broadway in "The Happiest Girl In The World", but I didn't see it and THIS I can see. I'm glad that this is on DVD. I can watch Janice Rule dance anytime I want. She was wonderful.Patrice Wymore dances to and "sings" Gershwin's "Liza". Sounded like Bonnie Lou Willams. She seemed to be the voice double of every lovely non-singing lady at Warner Bros. when she wasn't recording with Gordon Jenkins. Virginia Mayo's number was quite good and I wish they would put "She's Working Her Way Through College" and "She's Back On Broadway" in a set with some other pictures that she did at that studio. Also, how about all three versions of "The Desert Song" and the three of "Showboat" ? I would buy all of these tomorrow. Hey, if you do, please include Ava's tracks.


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