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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 7 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Sing Melancholy Baby See more (122 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
Dorothy Martinson
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:
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 (certificate #27167) (re-rating) (1983) | West Germany:6 (cut version) | West Germany:12 (uncut version)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Stewart Granger was the front runner for the role of Norman Maine for a period of time, but he backed out when he was unable to adjust to George Cukor's habit of acting out scenes as a form of directionSee more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Esther and Norman are in Norman's Lincoln convertible, in the closeups the seats have a blanket over the backrest, but in earlier and later shots only the car's standard upholstery is visible.See more »
Quotes:
Norman Maine:Do you ever go fishing?
[Esther looks confused]
Norman Maine:Well, do you like prizefi--have you ever watched a great fighter?
Esther Blodgett:I-I uh--
Norman Maine:I'm trying to tell you how you sing.
Esther Blodgett:Do you mean like a prizefighter or a fish?
Norman Maine:Look...em--
[leads her into a kitchen]
Norman Maine:There are certain pleasures that you get--
[realizes that the sound of clanging dishes is intolerable and they depart for the outside]
[...]
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Soundtrack:
The Man That Got AwaySee more »

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59 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
Sing Melancholy Baby, 18 January 2005
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

Is it possible to watch this fictional story without digressing to thoughts about the real life story of Judy Garland? For me it isn't. Both are permanently intertwined. And it's not just the parallel between fiction and fact, but also the dark, brooding, melancholy mood they engender, like ghosts calling out to us from a Hollywood that no longer exists.

The film's storyline is well known. I won't belabor it here, except to say that it communicates an honest and introspective indictment of the entertainment industry as it once was. The story can be thought of as a kind of archetypal Hollywood memoir, expressed as a musical.

But musicals are supposed to be upbeat, lighthearted, fun. This one isn't. Moments of humor and joy are swept away in a cascade of emotional pain and tragedy. Fiction mimics real life. How appropriate that the film's signature song "The Man That Got Away" is one that is so uncompromisingly serious, poignant, and smoldering ... a perfect vehicle for Judy Garland.

Some say she had the greatest singing voice of any entertainer in the twentieth century. This film lends credence to that assertion. Every song she sings is performed with such consummate verve, such emotional commitment that she seems to be singing not just for her contemporaries, but also for generations to come. Indeed, she is. My personal favorite is the "Born In A Trunk" segment, all fifteen minutes of it. Surrounded by sets of true cinematic art, she belts out one tune after another, including, of course, the poignant "Melancholy Baby".

Judy's singing and the music itself are what make the movie so memorable. But she also demonstrates her considerable acting talent. And the acting of other cast members is fine, especially the performances of James Mason and Jack Carson. I do think that the film was, and still is, too long, the result of an overly ambitious screenplay.

That Judy Garland was denied the Best Actress Oscar is poignant. But her talent was so massive, her uniqueness was so special, maybe fate required a compensatory level of pain and tragedy, as a prerequisite of legend.

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