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Director:
Writers:
Dale Eunson (original screenplay) and
Katherine Albert (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
11 December 1952 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The story of a woman...who thought she was a star so high in the sky no man could touch her!
Plot:
A washed-up movie queen finds romance, but still desires a come-back. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
NewsDesk:
Portman Loves L.A. Living
 (From WENN. 26 November 2009, 12:26 AM, PST)

User Reviews:
Like a knife in the back from Bette Davis! See more (31 total) »

Cast

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Bette Davis ... Margaret Elliot

Sterling Hayden ... Jim Johannsen aka Barry Lester

Natalie Wood ... Gretchen
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 ... Faith
Herb Vigran ... Roy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Alpert ... Keith Barkley - Director (uncredited)
James Anderson ... Bailey - Actor playing Jed Garfield in The Fatal Winter (uncredited)
Florence Auer ... Annie's Friend in Store (uncredited)
Marie Blake ... Annie, Stones' Maid (uncredited)
Claire Carleton ... Jailbird (uncredited)
Byron Foulger ... Druggist (uncredited)
Gil Frye ... George, Assistant Director (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Lars Hensen ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Cameraman (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... Projectionist (uncredited)
Marcia Mae Jones ... Waitress (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Waiter at Party (uncredited)
Lorin Raker ... R.J. Somers (uncredited)
Kay Riehl ... Mrs. Adams, Landlady (uncredited)
Frank J. Scannell ... Auctioneer (voice) (uncredited)
Dorothy Vaughan ... Annie - Old Biddy in Department Store (uncredited)
Katherine Warren ... Mrs. Ruth Morrison (uncredited)
Barbara Woodell ... Peggy Morgan (uncredited)

Directed by
Stuart Heisler 
 
Writing credits
Dale Eunson (original screenplay) and
Katherine Albert (original screenplay)

Produced by
Bert E. Friedlob .... producer
 
Original Music by
Victor Young 
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Laszlo (director of photography)
 
Set Decoration by
Edward G. Boyle  (as Edward Boyle)
 
Makeup Department
Del Armstrong .... makeup supervisor
Jane Romeyn .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
J. Paul .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Vreeland .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Boris Leven .... set designer
 
Sound Department
John R. Carter .... sound engineer (as John Carter)
 
Special Effects by
David Commons .... special effects
Jack Rabin .... special effects
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bill Edwards .... wardrobe (as William Edwards)
Orry-Kelly .... gowns: Miss Davis
Ann Peck .... wardrobe
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Otto Ludwig .... editorial supervisor
 
Music Department
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (as Sid Cuttner)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator
Victor Young .... conductor
 
Other crew
Bert E. Friedlob .... presenter
Weslie Jones .... script supervisor
Leo Taub .... assistant to producer
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
89 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Trivia:
At least two different Oscar statuettes were used in the "c'mon, Oscar, let's you and me get drunk" sequence. For the first 18 years, Oscar statuettes had a short base. Starting with the 1946 awards (presented in 1947), Oscar statuettes had a taller pedestal base with a brass collar designed for personalized engraving. The statuette that Maggie holds in her apartment and in front of her old house have the pre-1946 base. The one she sets on the dashboard of her car has the newer pedestal base. The switch was made because the Oscar had to rest its head on the backside of the car's rear-view mirror in order to balance on the dashboard while Maggie drove around. Davis' two pre-1946 Oscars were too short, so a newer Oscar was used during shots of the car's interior.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Margaret Elliott:Haven't you ever cried because you're happy?
Gretchen:No.
Margaret Elliott:Well, you see, some people cry when they're happy and laugh when they're mad.
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8 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Like a knife in the back from Bette Davis!, 15 July 2006
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Much of the reason Bette Davis did this movie was because it was apparently a movie based, in part, on the life of Joan Crawford. While this was never announced by the studio for fear of legal action, Bette apparently delighted in doing the part because she loathed Joan so much! Oddly, the movie also COULD have been based on Davis' life as well, as there were also many parallels, but I doubt if Miss Davis noticed this.

The star in the title refers to a down and out and faded movie star who is all but forgotten and given to getting drunk and screwing up her life. As a result, it is a very tough film to watch, as your skin crawls in embarrassment at just how low this actress has fallen. However, despite this, it is an excellent and "in your face" melodrama about the dark side of stardom. Davis' performance is excellent and just plain creepy!

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