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A Star Is Born (1954)

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A movie star helps a young singer/actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.

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Storyline

Norman Maine, a movie star whose career is on the wane, meets showgirl Esther Blodgett when he drunkenly stumbles into her act one night. A friendship develops, then blossoms into romance before tensions increase as Esther's career takes off while Norman's continues to plummet. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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16 October 1954 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$5,019,770 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,355,968 (USA)
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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

At age 20, Judy Garland first had played the role of Vicki Lester (Esther Blodgett) on the "Lux Radio Theatre" hour-long adaptation of the original 1937 film. The CBS broadcast of December 28, 1942, without songs, co-starred Walter Pidgeon as Norman Maine. See more »

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Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
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Too long... and Judy Garland's voice is beginning to grate
28 November 2010 | by (Hull, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Recently my Wife and I (I'm 40 and she's 31) have been watching Classic movies in HD on Sky Movies. We've watched some really good films of late, and I was keen to watch a James Mason film. Coming from the same county as James Mason, and having already seen a selection of his movies I was looking forward to this film.

We watched what must have been the version where missing scenes were supplemented by publicity stills, and the original audio. After the first hour all was going well, and we both accepted the 50's plodding momentum of the film, but stuck with it. Not really commenting on the movie, we continued for another hour or so, until I said, "I've gotta take a break from this film"... my Wife said "me too, her voice is doing my head in"...

We are both educated adults, and understand the definition of a musical, but this film is just too long, and if I had to listen to Judy Garland sing again, I'd have thrown my drink into the surround sound to stop it once and for all.

It was a massive shame that we couldn't stick with it... but each to their own... if you love this film then that's great, but I'm afraid our fickle 2010 minds couldn't hang in there.


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