A musical biography of Gertrude Lawrence, who led a hustling and bustling life on the stage.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Richard Aldrich
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Sir Anthony Spencer
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Charles Fraser
Bruce Forsyth ...
Arthur Lawrence
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Rose
John Collin ...
Jack Roper
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Andre Charlot
Richard Karlan ...
David Holtzmann
Lynley Laurence ...
Billie Carleton
Garrett Lewis ...
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Ben Mitchell
Jock Livingston ...
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Dan
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Film based on life of actress Gertrude Lawrence, on- and offstage, takes the opportunity to feature extravagant musical production numbers with 'Julie Andrews' , acting, singing and dancing. Written by Stewart M. Clamen <clamen@cs.cmu.edu>

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When everyone was singing a happy song...When a girl wasn't afraid to show her heart...When all the world was this lady's stage...Those Were the Happy Times! [1969 re-issue] See more »


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22 October 1968 (USA)  »

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Loves of a Star!  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,000,000 (USA)
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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

18 stars and principal actors were backed by 144 important speaking actors, 178 important bit players and 9,847 extras with about 620 used in a single sequence. See more »

Goofs

In the number "Burlington Bertie" the banana skin thrown onstage by Gertie disappears. See more »

Quotes

Noel Coward: Unfortunately, my darling, you can't take a whole audience home to bed without being accused of immorality on rather a grand scale.
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Crazy Credits

The only credits seen at the beginning of the film are those for a fictional black-and-white short subject about Gertrude Lawrence. The film's real credits all appear at the end. However, the Twentieth-Century Fox logo is shown only in black-and-white, and with tinny 1940's-style sound recording, as part of that fictional newsreel. We never see the logo in color and stereophonic sound, although Twentieth-Century Fox released "Star!" See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cinefile: Made in the USA (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Do, Do, Do
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Julie Andrews
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Fascinatingly flawed musical extravaganza
20 January 1999 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

After working with Julie Andrews in "The Sound of Music", Robert Wise and Saul Chaplin were eager to find a vehicle to showcase her prodigious talents. In choosing the story of Gertrude Lawrence, it seemed they had found an ideal subject. But some serious mistakes were made along the way, which I think are the main reasons audiences rejected this extravagant production. Most important was the casting. There is very little chemistry between Andrews and her leading men, which makes it hard to empathize with the character's romantic entanglements and problems. Another problem was in one of the plot threads: Lawrence was depicted as being somewhat irresponsible with her personal life, especially her finances. If there's one quality Julie Andrews has always projected on screen, it is a down-to-earth, feet-on-the-ground sensibleness which is at odds with this aspect of the character as written. The musical numbers are the biggest reason for seeing this film, but they are staged to give little sense of the context in which they originally were presented (a common problem with show-biz biographies), so they come off looking more like production numbers from a late 60s TV special. Another quibble is that despite the fact that there were songs from shows by Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Kurt Weill, the script implies that all the music was by Noel Coward, even to the extent of having Coward at the piano at the opening night party for Gershwin's "Oh, Kay". Despite these problems, I find the film fascinating because of the lavishness of the production, which (unlike many show-biz bios) depicts a very believable historical setting, and because Wise and company were obviously trying to recreate an all but extinct musical genre: the star vehicle specifically tailored to the talents af a particular performer. For maximum appreciation of "Star!", I recommend the laser disc edition with commentary by Robert Wise, Saul Chaplin, and many members of the cast.


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