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Release Date:
16 October 1954 (USA) See more »
Destiny came at her with a leer! See more »
A movie star helps a young singer/actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (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)
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 Blanke ... Vagrant #2 (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)
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)
Russell Custer ... Courtroom Officer (uncredited)
Blythe Daley ... Ms. Nora Fusselow (uncredited)
Havis Davenport ... Paramount Starlet (uncredited)
Jerry DeCoe ... Autograph Hound (uncredited)
Eddie Dew ... Assistant Director at Train Station (uncredited)
Alan DeWitt ... Makeup Artist #1 (uncredited)
Joe Dougherty ... Makeup Man #3 (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)
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 - 'Born in a Trunk' 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)
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)
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)
Don McCabe ... Dancer - 'Born in a Trunk' Number (uncredited)
Jack McCoy ... Father - 'Born in a Trunk' Number (uncredited)
Heidi Meadows ... Esther - Age 3 (uncredited)
Joseph Mell ... Paymaster #2 (uncredited)
Charles Merton ... Shrine Auditorium Photographer (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Benefit Attendee (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)
Charles Morton ... Shrine Auditorium Photographer (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Benefit Attendee (uncredited)
Tom Nolan ... Child Dancer - 'Born in a Trunk' Number (uncredited)
Barry Norton ... Benefit Attendee (uncredited)

Ron Nyman ... Stage Manager (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)
Ezelle Poule ... Shrine Auditorium Photographer (uncredited)
Frank Puglia ... Bruno (uncredited)
Grandon Rhodes ... Producer at Premiere (uncredited)
Don Richards ... Shrine Auditorium Reporter (uncredited)
Kay Riehl ... Hairdresser (uncredited)
Larry Rio ... Soundman (uncredited)
Lotus Robb ... Ms. Markham (uncredited)

Ann Robinson ... Premiere Starlet Hostess (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)

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)
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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)
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)
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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181 min (premiere version) | USA:154 min | USA:176 min (restored version) | Germany:169 min (DVD) | West Germany:177 min (cut version: 120')
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound System) (magnetic prints) | Mono (optical prints)
Australia:PG | Australia:G (DVD rating) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:S | 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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This was George Cukor's 37th film, his first musical, and his first full production in color.See more »
Errors in geography: Although the interior of Esther's apartment appears to be situated on a hill with a panoramic view of Hollywood, the address she gives Norman is in the flatlands of Hollywood with, at best, a second story view of nearby buildings.See more »
Judge George J. Barnes:Were you Norman Maine the actor?
Norman Maine:Yes.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)See more »
Born in a TrunkSee more »


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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Garland's Shining Hour in a Pristine Print of Her Legendary Vehicle, 28 January 2007
Author: Ed Uyeshima from San Francisco, CA, USA

Marked by a pervasive sense of melancholy, the 1954 musical version of the familiar Hollywood warhorse will forever be remembered as Judy Garland's most acclaimed work in films. Even though she would go on to a handful of films in the early 1960's, this was her last leading role in a major Hollywood production, an ironic point since she plays an emerging movie star on the rise. True, she doesn't look her best in the film, but her fulsome talent is on full, heart-wrenching display as Esther Blodgett, an obscure but thriving band singer who becomes movie star Vicki Lester thanks to Norman Maine, an alcoholic has-been movie star in career free-fall. Their love story and the opposing trajectories of their careers are tracked meticulously by Moss Hart's shrewdly observed screenplay and George Cukor's sensitive direction.

The double-sided 2000 DVD provides the 176-minute restored version, which is just five minutes less than what was shown at the original premiere. Until 1983, the half-hour of footage excised after the premiere was thought lost, but film historian Ron Haver found much of it and supervised an extraordinary restoration effort that includes a necessary albeit brief use of production stills to match up with the complete soundtrack. Even with such technicalities, the resulting film is even more of a landmark musical drama, emotionally resonant in spite of certain pacing issues with the storyline. Cukor's approach is probably more leisurely than the relatively hard-boiled material requires since he includes so many establishing and lengthy shots, but his direction shows his legendary sensitivity toward actors.

While he comes across a bit too robust as a fading matinée idol, James Mason vigorously captures Norman's scornful pride and self-pity. He may lack Fredric March's innate sense of vulnerability in the original, but Mason makes the character's inner torment more palpable. As for Garland, she brings so much of her own history to Esther/Vicki that her scenes feel alive with her vibrant, masochistic personality. She is aided immeasurably by the masterful songs of Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin, most significantly her torchy rendition of "The Man That Got Away", as perfect a musical movie moment as has been ever produced. While her work in the fifteen-minute "Born in the Trunk" sequence is impressive, it is really later in the film when she soars, in particular, when she segues from the tap-happy "Lose That Long Face" into a breakdown scene in her dressing room with sympathetic studio head Oliver Niles portrayed with his typically stentorian fervor by Charles Bickford.

The print condition and sound quality on the DVD are superb. There are also some fascinating extras on the B-side starting with three alternative takes on "The Man That Got Away", each distinctive in presentation with costume and lighting changes, a must for Garland fans. Also included is a very brief deleted number within the "Born in the Trunk" sequence", "When My Sugar Walks Down the Street". Three vintage pieces have been gathered - a brief newsreel piece of the premiere, a four-minute clip of the Coconut Grove premiere party held after the premiere, and most interestingly, a half-hour kinescope akin to the current-day red carpet pre-shows with an amazing parade of period stars expressing little more than good wishes on their way to the theater. Lastly, the theatrical trailers for all three versions of "A Star Is Born" are also included.

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