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A Star Is Born -- A musical remake of the 1937 drama story of two people, one moving up, the other slipping down the ladder of showbiz success. Features the songs 'Born In A Trunk.
A Star Is Born -- Trailer for the classic musical drama starring Judy Garland and James Mason.

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Director:
Writers:
Moss Hart (screenplay)
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Release Date:
16 October 1954 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Destiny came at her with a leer! See more »
Plot:
A film star helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career on a downward spiral. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Judy Garland at Her Best See more (121 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Judy Garland ... Vicki Lester / Esther Blodgett

James Mason ... Norman Maine

Jack Carson ... Matt Libby

Charles Bickford ... Oliver Niles

Tommy Noonan ... Danny McGuire (as Tom Noonan)
Lucy Marlow ... Lola Lavery

Amanda Blake ... Susan Ettinger
Irving Bacon ... Graves
Hazel Shermet ... Libby's Secretary
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

James Brown ... Glenn Williams
Laurindo Almeida ... Guitarist (uncredited)
Leon Alton ... Usher (uncredited)
Rudolph Anders ... Mr. Ettinger (uncredited)
David Armstrong ... Soundman (uncredited)
Phil Arnold ... Agent #3 (uncredited)
Nadine Ashdown ... Esther - Age 6 (uncredited)
Gertrude Astor ... Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Jack Baker ... Father (uncredited)
Richard H. Bauman ... Malibu Party Guest (uncredited)
George Becwar ... Assistant Director (uncredited)

Don Beddoe ... Studio Executive at Premiere (uncredited)
Rodney Bell ... Malibu Party Guest (uncredited)
Tom Blakiston ... Young Man (uncredited)
Oscar Blank ... Vagrant #2 (uncredited)
Lennie Bluett ... Dancer - 'Born in a Trunk' Number (uncredited)
Norman Borine ... Dancer - 'Born in a Trunk' Number (uncredited)

Willis Bouchey ... McBride (uncredited)
Marshall Bradford ... Academy Awards Attendee (uncredited)
Ruth Brady ... Malibu Party Guest (uncredited)

Paul Brinegar ... Man at Funeral (uncredited)
Sheila Bromley ... Shrine Auditorium Reporter (uncredited)
Paul Bryar ... Bartender at Racetrack (uncredited)
Benny Burt ... Courtroom Reporter (uncredited)
Kathryn Card ... Landlady (voice) (uncredited)
John Carlyle ... Assistant Director (uncredited)
Ross Carmichael ... Photographer (uncredited)

Chick Chandler ... Man in Car at Diner (uncredited)
Lauren Chapin ... Little Girl at Boarding House (uncredited)
Samuel Colt ... Stage Manager / Sammy (uncredited)
Heinie Conklin ... Benefit Comedy Team Member (uncredited)
Charles J. Conrad ... Assistant Director (uncredited)
Tom Cound ... Price Waterhouse Man (uncredited)
Oliver Cross ... Academy Awards Attendee (uncredited)
Russell Custer ... Courtroom Officer (uncredited)
Blythe Daley ... Ms. Nora Fusselow (uncredited)
Havis Davenport ... Paramount Starlet (uncredited)
Jerry DeCoe ... Autograph Hound (uncredited)
Rudy Del Campo ... Dancer - 'Born in a Trunk' Number (uncredited)
Eddie Dew ... Assistant Director at Train Station (uncredited)
Alan DeWitt ... Makeup Artist #1 (uncredited)
Joe Dougherty ... Makeup Man #3 (uncredited)
Alphonso DuBois ... Academy Awards Attendee (uncredited)
Robert Dumas ... Drummer (uncredited)
Helen Eby-Rock ... Shrine Auditorium Reporter (uncredited)
Jack Ellis ... Pinkerton Detective (uncredited)
Jean Engstrom ... Malibu Party Guest (uncredited)
Rex Evans ... Academy Awards Emcee (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Ray (uncredited)
Timothy Farrell ... Bailiff (uncredited)

Frank Ferguson ... Judge George J. Barnes (uncredited)
Gordon Finn ... Shrine Auditorium Photographer (uncredited)
George Fisher ... George (uncredited)
Elizabeth Flournoy ... Shrine Auditorium Reporter (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Academy Awards Attendee (uncredited)
Almeda Fowler ... Malibu Party Guest (uncredited)
Nacho Galindo ... José Rodriguez (uncredited)
Jack Gordon ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Wilton Graff ... Shrine Auditorium Emcee (uncredited)
Joe Green ... Agent #1 (uncredited)
Michael Hail ... Rails (uncredited)
Robert Haines ... 2nd Assistant Director (uncredited)

Charles Halton ... Paymaster #1 (uncredited)
Joseph Hamilton ... Agent #2 (uncredited)
Jack Harmon ... Dancer - 'Gotta Have Me Go With You' Number (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Benefit Attendee / Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Michael Hathaway ... Agent (uncredited)
Ray Heindorf ... Himself - at Movie Premiere Party (uncredited)
Percy Helton ... William Gregory (uncredited)
Louis Jean Heydt ... Ocean Scene Director (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Shrine Auditorium Photographer (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Melancholy Baby Number Spectator (uncredited)
Olin Howland ... Charley (uncredited)
Robert F. Hoy ... Soundman (uncredited)
James Hyland ... Assistant Announcer (uncredited)
Bob Jellison ... Eddie (uncredited)
Jay Johnson ... Musician (uncredited)
Dick Johnstone ... Spectator (uncredited)
Arlene Karr ... Malibu Party Guest (uncredited)
Jack Kenney ... Nightclub Man #1 (uncredited)
Tom Kingston ... Reporter (uncredited)
Cele Kirk ... Reporter at Shrine Auditorium (uncredited)
George Kitchel ... Reporter (uncredited)
Allen Kramer ... (uncredited)
Frank Kreig ... Man at Funeral (uncredited)
Henry Kulky ... Cuddles (uncredited)

Nancy Kulp ... Esther's Neighbor (uncredited)
Richard LaMarr ... Benefit Attendee (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Academy Awards Attendee (uncredited)
Paul Levitt ... Malibu Party Guest (uncredited)
Gloria Lewin ... Oleander Arms Landlady (uncredited)
Carey Loftin ... Signboard Man #2 (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe ... Shrine Auditorium Photographer (uncredited)

Mae Marsh ... Malibu Party Guest (uncredited)

Strother Martin ... Delivery Boy (uncredited)
Louis Mason ... Doorman (uncredited)
Nita Mathews ... Dancer - 'Born in a Trunk' Number (uncredited)
Ila McAvoy ... Mother - 'Born in a Trunk' Number (uncredited)
Jack McCoy ... Father - 'Born in a Trunk' Number (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... Academy Awards Attendee (uncredited)
Don McKay ... Dancer - 'Gotta Have Me Go With You' Number (uncredited)
Heidi Meadows ... Esther - Age 3 (uncredited)
Joseph Mell ... Paymaster #2 (uncredited)
Charles Merton ... Shrine Auditorium Photographer (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Benefit Attendee (uncredited)
Nolie Miller ... Dancer (uncredited)
Patrick Miller ... Shrine Auditorium Photographer (uncredited)

Mort Mills ... Makeup Man (uncredited)
John Monaghan ... Male Secretary (uncredited)
Hal J. Moore ... Racetrack PA Announcer (uncredited)
Monette Moore ... Blues Singer (uncredited)
Ralph Moratz ... Extra (uncredited)
Charles Morton ... Shrine Auditorium Photographer (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Benefit Attendee (uncredited)
George Nardelli ... Academy Awards Attendee (uncredited)
Tom Nolan ... Child Dancer - 'Born in a Trunk' Number (uncredited)

Barry Norton ... Benefit Attendee (uncredited)

Ron Nyman ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Academy Awards Attendee (uncredited)
Monty O'Grady ... Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Leonard Penn ... Train Station Scene Director (uncredited)
Barbara Pepper ... Esther's Neighbor (uncredited)
Jack Pepper ... Chef (uncredited)
Hilda Plowright ... Shrine Auditorium Photographer (uncredited)
Mel Pogue ... Autograph Hound (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ... Benefit Attendee (uncredited)
Ezelle Poule ... Shrine Auditorium Photographer (uncredited)
Frank Puglia ... Bruno (uncredited)
Grandon Rhodes ... Producer at Premiere (uncredited)
Don Richards ... Shrine Auditorium Reporter (uncredited)
Leoda Richards ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Kay Riehl ... Hairdresser (uncredited)
Larry Rio ... Soundman (uncredited)
Lotus Robb ... Ms. Markham (uncredited)
Walter Rode ... Courtroom Policeman (uncredited)
Riza Royce ... Secretary (uncredited)
Henry Russell ... Studio Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Dick Ryan ... Nightclub Man #2 (uncredited)
Bobby Sailes ... Dancer - 'Born in a Trunk' Number (uncredited)

John Saxon ... Movie Premiere Usher (uncredited)
Patrick Sexton ... Bert (uncredited)
Harry Seymour ... Wheeler (uncredited)

Joan Shawlee ... Joan (uncredited)
Don Shelton ... TV Director (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Man Trying to Subdue Norman at Banquet (uncredited)

Dick Simmons ... Producer / Benefactor (uncredited)
Elmera Smith ... Pasedena Girl (uncredited)
Arthur Space ... Night Court Clerk (uncredited)
Eileen Stevens ... Shrine Auditorium Reporter (uncredited)

Robert Stevenson ... Boom Operator (uncredited)
Robert Strong ... Courtroom Reporter (uncredited)
Grady Sutton ... Artie Carver (uncredited)
Kay Tapscott ... Dancer (uncredited)

Dub Taylor ... Norman's Driver (voice) (uncredited)
Wayne Taylor ... Autograph Hound (uncredited)
Al Thompson ... Vagrant #1 (uncredited)
Ted Thorpe ... Soundman (uncredited)
Louis Tomei ... Signboard Man #1 (uncredited)
Emerson Treacy ... Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... Photographer Pushed Down in Dressing Room (uncredited)
Valerie Vernon ... Marian (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ... Courtroom Reporter (uncredited)
Geraldine Wall ... Esther's Neighbor (uncredited)
Ruth Warren ... Shrine Auditorium Reporter (uncredited)
Charles Watts ... Harrison (uncredited)
Harte Wayne ... Man at Funeral (uncredited)
Richard Webb ... Wallace (uncredited)
Duff Whitney ... Reporter (uncredited)
Shirley Whitney ... Malibu Party Guest (uncredited)
Josephine Whittell ... Shrine Auditorium Reporter (uncredited)

Frank Wilcox ... Frank (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... Stagehand Carrying Poles / Passerby Outside Hotel (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Charles (uncredited)
Jean Woodley ... Shrine Auditorium Reporter (uncredited)
Stephen Wyman ... Nigel Peters (uncredited)
Mary Young ... Boardinghouse Woman (uncredited)

Directed by
George Cukor 
 
Writing credits
Moss Hart (screenplay)

Dorothy Parker (1937 screenplay) &
Alan Campbell (1937 screenplay) &
Robert Carson (1937 screenplay)

William A. Wellman (1937 story) and
Robert Carson (1937 story)

Produced by
Vern Alves .... associate producer
Sidney Luft .... producer
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Ray Heindorf (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Sam Leavitt 
 
Film Editing by
Folmar Blangsted 
 
Production Design by
Gene Allen 
 
Art Direction by
Malcolm C. Bert  (as Malcolm Bert)
 
Set Decoration by
George James Hopkins 
 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis 
Mary Ann Nyberg 
 
Makeup Department
Del Armstrong .... makeup creator: Miss Garland
Gordon Bau .... makeup artist
Helen Young .... hair stylist: Miss Garland
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair designer: Ms. Garland (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Earl Bellamy .... assistant director
Edward Graham .... assistant director
Russell Llewellyn .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Irene Sharaff .... art director: "Born in a Trunk" sequence
Gil Kissel .... props (uncredited)
Weldon H. Patterson .... props (uncredited)
Saul Steinberg .... set decorator: "Lose That Long Face" sequence (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Charles David Forrest .... sound (as David Forrest)
Charles Lang .... sound (as Charles B. Lang)
 
Special Effects by
Hans F. Koenekamp .... special effects (as H.F. Koenekamp)
 
Visual Effects by
Lisze Bechtold .... still photograph sequences (1983 restoration) (as Lize Bechtold Blyth)
Eric Durst .... still photograph sequences (1983 restoration)
Kevin Kutchaver .... photo enhancement (1983 restoration) (uncredited)
Ken Rudolph .... animation camera operator (1983 restoration) (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Robert F. Hoy .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Louise Montana .... stunts (uncredited)
Montie Montana .... stunts (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Pat Clark .... still photographer (uncredited)
Al Green .... camera operator (uncredited)
Burt Jones .... best boy (uncredited)
Milton R. Krasner .... photographer: CinemaScope test sequences (uncredited)
Gene Polito .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Phil Stern .... still photographer (uncredited)
Richard Thoessen .... best boy (uncredited)
Robert Willoughby .... special still photographer (uncredited)
Richard L. Wilson .... gaffer (uncredited)
Robert Wyckoff .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Warren Yaple .... grip (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Hoyningen Huene .... special color design advisor (as Hoyningen-Huene)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Irene Sharaff .... costumes: for song "Born in a Trunk"
Jack Delaney .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Henry Field .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Lillian House .... wardrobe: ladies (uncredited)
Orrell Johnson .... wardrobe: ladies (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Craig Holt .... editor: reconstructed sequences (1983 restoration)
D.J. Ziegler .... assistant editor: reconstructed sequences (1983 restoration)
 
Music Department
Jack Cathcart .... vocal arranger
Ray Heindorf .... musical director
Skip Martin .... orchestrator
Hoyt Bohannon .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Buddy Cole .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Roger Edens .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Nick Fatool .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Ray Heindorf .... composer: music cues (uncredited)
Howard Jackson .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet soloist (uncredited)
Babe Russin .... musician: tenor sax (uncredited)
Hal Schaefer .... musician: piano (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Richard Barstow .... dance creator
Richard Barstow .... dance stager
Mitchell Kovaleski .... technicolor color consultant (as Mitchell G. Kovaleski)
Hal Bell .... assistant choreographer (uncredited)
Nelson Cordes .... technician: Technicolor (uncredited)
Gloria DeWerd .... dance-in (uncredited)
Jack Harmon .... assistant dance director (uncredited)
Robert Heasley .... business manager (uncredited)
Eugene Loring .... assistant choreographer (uncredited)
Alma Young .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
181 min (premiere version) | USA:154 min | USA:176 min (restored version) | Germany:169 min (DVD) | West Germany:177 min (cut version: 120')
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound System) (magnetic prints) | Mono (optical prints)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:G (DVD rating) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:S | Italy:T | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 (original rating) | Sweden:7 (re-release) (1984) | UK:U | UK:A (original rating) | USA:TV-PG | USA:Approved (PCA #16751, General Audience) | USA:PG (re-rating) (1983) | West Germany:6 (cut version) | West Germany:12 (uncut version)

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Trivia:
Montgomery Clift turned down the role Norman Maine, because he felt that the subject matter was too close to home.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The opening scenes of cars arriving for the benefit combine actual shots of a Hollywood event with ones filmed for the movie. But in one shot, taken from the perspective of a spotlight crew atop their tower, the footage of the real event is shown on the right side of the screen, while footage shot for the movie is at the left. Not only is the disparity between the two shots obvious, but the split screen is completely mismatched, so that the cars on the right appear to be moving at a sharp angle directly into the cars and building in the shot at left, and it looks as though there are two streets intersecting below.See more »
Quotes:
Esther Blodgett:[Norman has returned to find Esther in a nightclub. Esther walks over to him with a small laugh] Hello, Mr. Maine. You turn up in the strangest places.
Norman Maine:Don't I now?
Esther Blodgett:[stops laughing, suddenly shocked] And you're cold sober.
Norman Maine:Well, you'd better make the most of it!
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Soundtrack:
Born in a TrunkSee more »

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35 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Judy Garland at Her Best, 22 June 2005
Author: drednm from United States

The 1954 musicalized version of A Star Is Born is a great film. Judy Garland and James Mason (both Oscar nominated) turn in terrific performance as Esther and Norman. Like its 1937 predecessor (which starred Janet Gaynor and Fredric March—both Oscar nominated), the 1954 version follows the ups and down of two people set against the vicious world of Hollywood. The newer version sticks to the basic story but adds some great numbers for Garland, including "The Man That Got Away" and "I Was Born in a Trunk." In a major comeback, Garland had not worked in films since Summer Stock (1950), and her performance here is the best of her career. That she lost the Oscar to Grace Kelly for The Country Girl is one of Hollywood's great inequities. Mason lost to Marlon Brando for On the Waterfront. Garland sings superbly and is a great comic and dramatic actress. Her Esther is more vulnerable than Gaynor's just as Mason's Norman is more pathetic than March's. I love both versions. Charles Bickford and Jack Carson play the other major parts, played by Adolphe Menjou and Lionel Stander in 1937. Two major supporting roles from the 1937 version were cut from the 1954 version: Esther's first Hollywood friend (Andy Devine) and her intrepid grandmother (the great May Robson). But Garland's musical numbers make up for their absence. Oddly, despite the great hullabaloo surrounding A Star Is Born, it was not nominated for best picture, and George Cukor was bypassed in the directing category. One of the best musicals ever made.

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