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Star! (1968)

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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Richard Aldrich, Producer
Michael Craig ...
Sir Anthony Spencer
Daniel Massey ...
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Charles Fraser
Bruce Forsyth ...
Arthur Lawrence
Beryl Reid ...
Rose
John Collin ...
Jack Roper
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Andre Charlot, Producer
Richard Karlan ...
David Holtzmann, Gertrude's Attorney
Lynley Laurence ...
Billie Carleton
Garrett Lewis ...
Jack Buchanan
Anthony Eisley ...
Ben Mitchell
Jock Livingston ...
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Dan
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Storyline

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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singing | actress | 70mm film | song | singer | See more »

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The Love Affair of the Century - Between a Woman, and the World! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 October 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Loves of a Star!  »

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Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

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

Apart from Richard Aldrich, a certain amount of dramatic license was taken with the men in Gertie's life. In the movie, her first, stage manager husband is called Jack Roper and is shown as not much older than her. In real life, his name was Frank Gordon-Howley and he was twenty years her senior. Her upper-class, Guardsman boyfriend was not called Sir Anthony Spencer, but Captain Philip Astley; he later married Madeleine Carroll. And the Wall Street banker she met while on Broadway was named Bert Taylor, not Ben Mitchell as depicted here. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Noel Coward: Close personal relationships are bloody difficult, my darling but they do get easier with time. Loneliness gets harder.
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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 Twenieth-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 Silver Star! (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Onward Christian Soldiers
(uncredited)
Music by Arthur Sullivan and lyrics by Sabine Baring-Gould
Heard during the montage of the public speakers and rallies
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London, Broadway, the South of France, Julie Andrews
30 May 2003 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Yes, the story is somewhat thin. But Julie's performance, the music, the backstage scenes, the glamorous locales, the automobiles, the stage -- fill in where plot is lacking. This is, after all, a docu-musical that is, from what I know, a more literal rendering of Gertrude Lawrence's razzle-dazzle lifestyle, than a falsification of what actually happened. Robert Wise has said, to paraphrase him, that this is the one film he wished he could have done something else with. I personally would have included more scenes of Gertie being interviewed as she watched her life on the black & white tinny newsreels, and thus it may have bracketed her full color TODD-AO widescreen recollections. It might have drawn us more into her point-of-view. Still, the stage numbers, locales, party scenes (drunken one or two may have been) are fun to watch and experience. Script aside, the film is very well crafted, indeed.


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