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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 come-back.



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Complete credited cast:
Jim Johannsen aka Barry Lester
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 ...
Herb Vigran ...


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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Release Date:

11 December 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Estrela  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Davis used the phrase, "bless you!" in the film as a term of endearment. In reality, she was making fun of Joan Crawford, who usually signed autographs that way and used the phrase to thank people. See more »


In the scene where Jim takes Margaret and Gretchen out on his boat, there is an establishing extreme long shot showing Gretchen romping about on the boat. In this shot, her hair is hanging down past her shoulders. In the subsequent medium and long shots in this sequence, her hair is considerably shorter. See more »


Jim Johannson aka Barry Lester: [while at the zoo, a seal is barking loudly] Listen to that seal!
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23 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Watching The Star I wondered how close to him it all was for Davis. There's a scene in the end where it gets meta and you can almost see Davis as Margaret hearing the script storyline that she is offered. Regardless, this is a fine film and it has Davis working with her usual spark and unlikeable presence. But like always, she knows how to make you root for her. I also think the running time, while seems short, is pretty much the perfect length for the story the film is trying to tell. This is a problem I thought Mr. Skeffington had, way too long for its own good. So yeah, if you want to seek out all of Davis this is still a fine entry and a required one really.

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