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Dale Eunson (original screenplay) and
Katherine Albert (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
11 December 1952 (USA) See more »
The story of a woman...who thought she was a star so high in the sky no man could touch her!
A washed-up movie queen finds romance, but still desires a come-back. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
Portman Loves L.A. Living
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Over The Top...What A View! See more (37 total) »


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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)
Paul Bradley ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Claire Carleton ... Jailbird (uncredited)
Steve Carruthers ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Oliver Cross ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Russell Custer ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Alphonso DuBois ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Byron Foulger ... Druggist (uncredited)
Gil Frye ... George, Assistant Director (uncredited)
Herschel Graham ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Lars Hensen ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Cameraman (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... Projectionist (uncredited)
Marcia Mae Jones ... Waitress (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ... Party Guest (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Waiter at Party (uncredited)
Lorin Raker ... R.J. Somers (uncredited)
Fred Rapport ... Store Customer (uncredited)
Kay Riehl ... Mrs. Adams, Landlady (uncredited)
Frank J. Scannell ... Auctioneer (voice) (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Dorothy Vaughan ... Annie - Old Biddy in Department Store (uncredited)
Katherine Warren ... Mrs. Ruth Morrison (uncredited)
Hank Wise ... Apartment Store Worker (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
Fernando Castillo Díaz .... spanish subtitles (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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89 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: When Margaret visits her ex-husband's home, a handkerchief appears and disappears from coat pocket throughout scene.See more »
Margaret Elliott:Haven't you ever cried because you're happy?
Margaret Elliott:Well, you see, some people cry when they're happy and laugh when they're mad.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Hollywood: The Great Stars (1963) (TV)See more »


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8 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Over The Top...What A View!, 28 August 2004
Author: dbonk from Surrey, B.C.

This is Bette Davis in all her tempestuous, splendid fury and indignation. As Oscar-winning actress Margaret Elliot, she is now given the go by from her own studio in favor of younger Hollywood fillies like Barbara Lawrence who is thrown at the viewer like a new car off the assembly line.

Margaret Elliot is down to cases,bankrupt, with no prospects and is suffering the ignominy of seeing her former household possessions being sold on the auction block to satisfy her creditors,with rock bottom bids at that. Even her relatives are still putting the bite on her for monthly touches she can no longer provide, resulting in an explosive scene which only Miss Davis could deliver.

One of the most searing moments occurs when Margaret takes her "Oscar"(even more unsettling knowing that statuette is,indeed, one of Miss Davis's Best Actress awards) on a drunken odyssey through residential Hollywood. Behind the wheel,she grazes fenders, screams like a wounded banshee at motorists who happen to be driving on the same road as she is and lashes out verbally in front of the house where Barbara Lawrence resides. Her subsequent incarceration for DUI is as demoralizing as the clearly visible toilet inside the cell photographed in publicity stills.

'The Star' has a seedy look to it, which is desirable for this flick as we get a glimpse of Hollywood's underbelly during the early 1950's. One can almost imagine rows of palm trees rooted in used coffee cans with the scent of chicory mixed with cigarette butts. Even Miss Davis's wardrobe is downright frumpy, straight off the Woolworth's rack. Only when she does her screen test for an possible bit part in a movie does she try to project herself as a sexy tart with disastrous results.

The only jarring note to this movie is the appearance of Natalie Wood as Margaret Elliot's teenage daughter. She is bubbling with youthful enthusiasm, quite startling against this cynical, world weary backdrop. Sterling Hayden provides the obligatory beefcake and an ample shoulder for Margaret to cry on.

'The Star' radiates like the hood ornament on the Cadillac Margaret Elliot drives on approval before the studio dashes her dreams yet again and the repo man chases after yet another falling 'Star'.

Rate this *** out of **** stars.

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