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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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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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26 May 1952 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Efthyma koritsia, ponira agoria  »

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Goofs

As Doris Day is about to sing "S'Wonderful" on stage to the troops, a number of the men are called away for overseas duty, get up and leave; a few bars into Doris' song, there is a pan to the audience and it shows some of those same servicemen who left still sitting in their seats. See more »

Quotes

Nell Wayne: [to Rick] Why did you have to show up? Couldn't you have found a rock or something to crawl under?
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Featured in The Screen Director (1951) See more »

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For You
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Music by Joseph A. Burke
Played when Phil Harris sits down to play cards
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More of a variety show than a movie; interesting to fans!
5 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

As a movie this barely rates a 4 but for movie fans of the 1940s period, it's almost a must-see and rates a 9 as a variety show! I was drawn to watch this by the presence of Richard (Captain Midnight) Webb who plays the Colonel in charge of the event. What surprised me was the stunning performance of Doris Day. Outside of 'Calamity Jane', I've never seen her put over a song better than she does here. Randolph Scott is memorable as well, even if he doesn't see much screen time. It's been a while since I saw the movie but I was almost sure Humphrey Bogart put in an appearance. With so many familiar faces, it's hard to keep track. If it ever turns up on a TV station near you, be sure to catch the Doris Day sequence, if nothing else!


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