Star! (1968)

G  |   |  Biography, Comedy, Drama  |  22 October 1968 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Richard Aldrich
Michael Craig ...
Sir Anthony Spencer
Daniel Massey ...
Charles Fraser
Bruce Forsyth ...
Arthur Lawrence
John Collin ...
Jack Roper
Andre Charlot
Richard Karlan ...
David Holtzmann
Lynley Laurence ...
Billie Carleton
Garrett Lewis ...
Anthony Eisley ...
Ben Mitchell
Jock Livingston ...


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 <>

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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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Release Date:

22 October 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Loves of a Star!  »

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Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)


$4,000,000 (USA)

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Technical Specs


| (edited)

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| (Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


Peter Cook and Robert Stephens were in the running for Noël Coward; all of whom lost the role to Daniel Massey. See more »


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


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 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 »


Referenced in Sam's Song (1969) See more »


Music by Walter Williams
Lyrics by Paul Morande and Bruce Sievier
Performed by Julie Andrews, Bruce Forsyth and Beryl Reid
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Julie Andrews: STAR
26 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Forty-five years have passed since this film debuted! A notorious flop in its day, the film looks better all the time. An old-fashioned, full-throttle musical starring diva Julie Andrews as diva Gertrude Lawrence in a series of musical numbers with dramatic scenes interspersed. As biography, it's bosh, but as entertainment it's aces.

Andrews is superb as Lawrence, capturing the blazing talent and her inability to deal with reality and men. The film nicely captures the razzle dazzle of Broadway in the 20s and 30s when there were such things as stars on stage. The musical numbers of terrific. The costumes are eye popping. Only the story lags.

I suspect that those who say Andrews is "stiff" in this film haven't seen it. Andrews is a whirlwind of singing, dancing, and acting as she covers Lawrence's life from early adulthood til her marriage to Richard Aldrich in 1940 and her triumph in LADY IN THE DARK.

Co-stars include the marvelous Daniel Massey as Noel Coward, Richard Crenna as Aldrich, Michael Craig, Robert Reed, Anthony Eisley, Jenny Agutter, Beryl Reid, Bruce Forsythe, and Alan Oppenheimer as Charlot.

Look quick for Conrad Bain, Tony Lo Bianco, J. Pat O'Malley, Anna Lee, Ballard Berkeley, Bernard Fox, and Don Crichton (CAROL BURNETT SHOW dancer)in the "Limehouse Blues" number.

STAR! ranks as one of Julie Andrews' very best performances. And that's saying a lot.

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