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The Star (1952)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 11 December 1952 (USA)
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A washed-up movie queen finds romance, but still desires a comeback.

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Jim Johannsen aka Barry Lester
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Warner Anderson ...
Harry Stone
Minor Watson ...
Joe Morrison
June Travis ...
Phyllis Stone
Paul Frees ...
Richard Stanley
Robert Warwick ...
R.J., Aging Actor at Party (as Robert Warrick)
Barbara Lawrence ...
Barbara Lawrence
Fay Baker ...
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Herb Vigran ...
Roy
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Middle-aged Oscar winning actress Margaret Elliot - Maggie to those that know her - is a Hollywood has-been. Her life is in shambles. She clings to the hope of resurrecting her past movie stardom as a leading ingénue. No one will hire her, she's penniless with creditors selling off anything that she owns that is of monetary value, and she has no one to turn to that can see her through financially. She has in the past supported her sister and brother-in-law, who still want to use her as their meal ticket. Divorced from her actor husband, she shares joint custody of their teen-aged daughter Gretchen, from who Maggie tries to hide her problems. When it looks as if Maggie has hit rock bottom, Jim Johannsen re-enters her life. Jim, who once had the stage name Barry Lester, got his big break in Hollywood movies by Maggie. He came to the quick realization that he was neither good as an actor or that he wanted to do it as a profession. He now works as a boat parts supplier and mechanic. Jim ... Written by Huggo

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The story of a woman...who thought she was a star so high in the sky no man could touch her!

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Bette Davis reported that she modeled her performance as the aging, has been, drunken 'star' actress in the film after Joan Crawford; a real actress and Bette Davis' contemporary, competition, and a lifelong enemy which she publicly advertised throughout both their careers. See more »

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When Margaret visits her ex-husband's home, a handkerchief appears and disappears from coat pocket throughout scene. See more »

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Peggy Morgan: Is it money? Do you want more from John?
Margaret Elliott: More money? I never asked Johnny for money.
Peggy Morgan: He's given you $2500 over the past two years.
Margaret Elliott: Well, I gave gim $ 25.000 when I divorced him so he could marry you.
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Camp fest

To compare "The Star" to "Sunset Boulevard" and "All About Eve" is to do an injustice to those films. They are classics because at their helm were Billy Wilder and Jospeh Mankiewicz, directors of great intelligence and above all great style – qualities blatantly missing in "The Star".

"The Star" has no style whatsoever. All it has is a big star, Bette Davis. Ironically her character boasts having directed more than director and that's exactly what seems to be happening here. Hers was a talent that needed to be harnessed by a strong director. Stuart Heisler clearly leaves Davis to her own devices and what results is an over the top, campy, mannered performance. Of course her fans will eat it up. But this is not good acting. Its acting that weakens what from the start is not a strongly scripted film.

"The Star" should have been memorable as a film about ageing in Hollywood, an ever pertinent subject, rather than being memorable as Bette Davis camp fest.


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