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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Julie Andrews ... Gertrude Lawrence

Richard Crenna ... Richard Aldrich
Michael Craig ... Sir Anthony Spencer
Daniel Massey ... Noël Coward

Robert Reed ... Charles Fraser
Bruce Forsyth ... Arthur Lawrence

Beryl Reid ... Rose
John Collin ... Jack Roper

Alan Oppenheimer ... Andre Charlot
Richard Karlan ... David Holtzmann
Lynley Laurence ... Billie Carleton
Garrett Lewis ... Jack Buchanan
Anthony Eisley ... Ben Mitchell
Jock Livingston ... Alexander Woollcott

J. Pat O'Malley ... Dan
Harvey Jason ... Bert
Mathilda Calnan ... Dorothy (as Matilda Calnan)
Peter Church ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ian Abercrombie ... Man in Brixton Music Hall (uncredited)
Kenneth Adams ... Reporter (uncredited)

Jenny Agutter ... Pamela Roper (uncredited)
Ruth Alexander ... Woman at Shubert Alley (uncredited)
Kathy Allen ... Fox Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Lionel Ames ... Roman Officer (uncredited)
Richard Angarola ... Cesare (uncredited)
Roger Arroyo ... Dwarf (uncredited)
Peter Ashton ... Harry (uncredited)
Wendy Atkin ... Woman at Hyde Park (uncredited)
Harold Ayer ... Man at Adelphi Theatre (uncredited)

Philip Bailey ... Singing Soldier (uncredited)

Conrad Bain ... Second Salesman at Cartier's (uncredited)
John Barclay ... Elderly Tragedian (uncredited)
John Barrett ... Speaker at Hyde Park (uncredited)
Linda Barrett ... Woman, Bundles for Britain (uncredited)
James Beck ... Drunken Soldier (uncredited)
Pat Becker ... Mrs. Fraser (uncredited)
Brenda Bennett ... Fox Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Jan Bickmor ... Web Girl (uncredited)
Wally Bickmore ... Web Man (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Eric Brotherson ... Elder Stateman (uncredited)
Edwin Brown ... Fourth Speaker at Hyde Park (uncredited)
Jack Carol ... Newsreel Cameraman (uncredited)
Joseph Casstevens ... Member of Flying Hillary's Trapeze Act (uncredited)
Gower Champion ... 'Limehouse Blues' dance partner (uncredited)
Charlie Charles ... Wire Act (uncredited)
Lisl Charles ... Wire Act (uncredited)

Ron Charles ... Boatman (uncredited)
Jean Christopher ... Fox Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Haskell Coffin ... Man at Noel's Party (uncredited)
Thom Conroy ... Man at Shubert Alley (uncredited)
Cathleen Cordell ... Vendeuse (uncredited)
Don Crichton ... Gertrude's 'Limehouse Blues' Dance Partner (uncredited)
Gwyneth Cullimore ... Guest on Bus (uncredited)
Yutta D'Arcy ... Vestel Virgin (uncredited)

Linda Dano ... Charles' Wife (uncredited)
Michael Danvers-Walker ... Lt. Martindale (uncredited)
Charles Davis ... Writ Server (uncredited)
Lisa Davis ... Fox Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Danny Dee ... Man in Brixton Music Hall (uncredited)
Roger Delgado ... French Ambassador (uncredited)
Paula Dell ... Utility Acrobat (uncredited)
Trevor Doughty ... Host (uncredited)
Andrew Downie ... Drunken Soldier (uncredited)
Ted Dudomaine ... English Roue (uncredited)
Marilyn England ... Dwarf (uncredited)
Max Faulkner ... Corp. Cooper (uncredited)
Carol Ferges ... Utility Acrobat (uncredited)
Darryl Ferges ... Tumbler (uncredited)
Daphne Field ... Guest on Bus (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Audience Patron (uncredited)
Alex Finlayson ... Guest on Bus (uncredited)
Jerry Fitzgerald ... Harold (uncredited)
Peter Forester ... Guest in Gertie's Dressing Room (uncredited)

Bernard Fox ... Assistant to Lord Chamberlain (uncredited)
Suzanne France ... Choreographer (uncredited)
Penny Francis ... Young Gertie (uncredited)
Stanley Fraser ... Man at Hyde Park (uncredited)
Mike Freeman ... Man at Adelphi Theatre (uncredited)
Chris Gannon ... Third Speaker at Hyde Park (uncredited)
Jan Gernat ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Josephine Gillick ... Young Gertie (uncredited)
Ray Girardin ... Young Reporter (uncredited)
Bob Gordon ... Web Man (uncredited)
Austin Green ... Ring Master (uncredited)
Seymour Green ... Divorce Judge (uncredited)
Shelah Hackett ... Dancer (uncredited)
Paul Harris ... Soldier (uncredited)
Sally Harrison ... Young Gertie (uncredited)
Gay Hartweg ... Fox Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Joan Haythorne ... Italian Conti (uncredited)
Eric Heath ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Ann Hubbell ... Beryl, a Daffodil Girl (uncredited)
Robin Hughes ... Third Hyde Park Speaker (uncredited)
Judy Jacobs ... Web Girl (uncredited)
Frank Jarvis ... First Soldier at St. James Palace (uncredited)
Gwen Watts Jones ... Mrs. Wilson (uncredited)
Charlotte Knight ... Man in Brixton Music Hall (uncredited)
Pamela Kosh ... Guest on Bus (uncredited)
Jeanette Landis ... Eph, a Daffodil Girl (uncredited)
Monte Landis ... Julian Brooke-Taylor (uncredited)
Ruggera Lauber ... Iron Jaw Act (uncredited)

Anna Lee ... Hostess (uncredited)
Albert Leon ... Charlot's Assistant (uncredited)
Queenie Leonard ... Grand Dam (uncredited)
John Levingston ... Man at Hyde Park (uncredited)
Irene Linsley ... Guest in Gertie's Dressing Room (uncredited)

Tony Lo Bianco ... New York Reporter (uncredited)
Damian London ... Jerry Paul (uncredited)
Lewis Loughran ... Man in Brixton Music Hall (uncredited)
Ysabel MacCloskey ... Guest in Gertie's Dressing Room (uncredited)
Sean MacGregor ... Man in Brixton Music Hall (uncredited)
Barry Macollum ... Dan (uncredited)
Jean MacRae ... Woman at Noel's Party (uncredited)
Laura Mason ... Woman at Noel's Party (uncredited)
Murray Matheson ... Bankruptcy Judge (uncredited)
Lester Matthews ... Lord Chamberlain (uncredited)
Kim McCarthy ... Young Gertie (uncredited)
Winnie McCarthy ... Woman in Brixton Music Hal (uncredited)
Bernard McDonald ... Ron James (uncredited)
William Mervyn ... General (uncredited)
Eric Micklewood ... Guest on Bus (uncredited)
Barry P. Mitchell ... Member of Flying Hillary's Trapeze Act (uncredited)
Roy Monsell ... Guest in Gertie's Dressing Room (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Reporter (uncredited)
Clive Morton ... Army Officer Outside Window (uncredited)
Olive Morton ... General (uncredited)
Justus Motter ... Web Man (uncredited)
Wesley Murphy ... Soldier (uncredited)
Francis Napier ... Singing Soldier (uncredited)
Jo Ann Norvell ... Dwarf (uncredited)
William O'Toole ... Man in Brixton Music Hall (uncredited)
Barbara Ogilvie ... Mary (uncredited)
Brian Peck ... Soldier (uncredited)
Linda Peck ... Actress (uncredited)
Lynn Perry ... Man at Noel's Party (uncredited)
Gerald Peters ... Guest in Gertie's Dressing Room (uncredited)
Ellen Plasschaert ... Moo, a Daffodil Girl (uncredited)
John Ramirez ... Dwarf (uncredited)
Walter Reed ... Photographer (uncredited)
Danny Rees ... Juggler (uncredited)
Robert Rietty ... French Ambassador (uncredited)
Dar Robinson ... Utility Acrobat (uncredited)
Dinah Anne Rogers ... Molly, a Daffodil Girl (uncredited)
Betty Russell ... Woman Reporter (uncredited)
Barbara Sandland ... Mavis, a Daffodil Girl (uncredited)
Jill Sanzo ... Fox Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Audrey Saunders ... Web Girl (uncredited)
Ray Saunders ... Acrobatic Act (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Mildred Shay ... Woman Reporter (uncredited)
Frank Singuineau ... African Ambassador (uncredited)
Elizabeth St. Clair ... Jeannie Banks (uncredited)
Geoffrey Steele ... Englishman at Noel's Party (uncredited)
Gilchrist Stuart ... Footman (uncredited)
Grady Sutton ... First Salesman at Cartier's (uncredited)
Patricia Tidy ... Woman in Hyde Park (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Party Guest (uncredited)
John Trevor ... Noel Coward as a Child (uncredited)
Anna Turner ... Mrs. Klasen (uncredited)
Terence Vliet ... Julian Brooke-Taylor (uncredited)
Barbara Ann Warkmeister ... Member of Flying Hillary's Trapeze Act (uncredited)
Mel Warkmeister ... Member of Flying Hillary's Trapeze Act (uncredited)
Ruth Warshawsky ... Woman at Noel's Party (uncredited)
Paul Weber ... Maitre d' Cotton Club (uncredited)
H.E. West ... Man at Noel's Party (uncredited)
Monty Whitney ... Call Boy 'Red Peppers' (uncredited)

Dick Wilson ... Drunk (uncredited)
Cicley Wolper ... Englishwoman at Noel's Party (uncredited)
Merri Wood-Taylor ... Woman at Adelphi Theatre (uncredited)
Steve Woodman ... Man (uncredited)
John Woodnutt ... Second Speaker, Hyde Park Corner (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Wise 
Writing credits
William Fairchild (written by)

Produced by
Saul Chaplin .... producer
Original Music by
Lennie Hayton (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Ernest Laszlo (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William Reynolds 
Production Design by
Boris Leven 
Set Decoration by
Howard Bristol 
Walter M. Scott 
Costume Design by
Donald Brooks 
Makeup Department
William Buell .... makeup artist
Hal Saunders .... hair stylist: Ms. Andrews
William Turner .... makeup artist
Production Management
Saul Wurtzel .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ridgeway Callow .... assistant director
Nicolas Hippisley-Coxe .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Richard Jenkins .... second assistant director (uncredited)
David Tringham .... first assistant director: UK (uncredited)
Art Department
Dennis J. Parrish .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bernard Freericks .... sound
Murray Spivack .... sound
Douglas O. Williams .... sound
Special Effects by
Gerald Endler .... mechanical effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
Art Cruickshank .... special photographic effects
Emil Kosa Jr. .... special photographic effects
Paula Dell .... stunts (uncredited)
Russell Saunders .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Keith Blake .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Ron Pearce .... gaffer (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers .... photographer: second unit (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adele Balkan .... wardrober
Bill Hargate .... Donald Brooks' assistant costume designer (uncredited : uncredited)
Ed Wynigear .... wardrober
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Lennie Hayton .... conductor
Lennie Hayton .... music arranger
Michael Kidd .... dances and musical numbers staged by
Robert Tracy .... music editor
Jay Thompson .... composer: dance music (uncredited)
Other crew
Shelah Hackett .... dance assistant
Maurice Zuberano .... production associate
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Loves of a Star!" - USA (promotional title)
"Those Were the Happy Times" - USA (reissue title)
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176 min | UK:218 min | USA:120 min (edited version)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track | Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Denmark:15 (DVD) | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2005) | USA:G

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This film grew out of a massive attempt by Twentieth Century-Fox to duplicate its earlier success with The Sound of Music (1965) by producing three expensive, large-scale musicals over a period of three years, Doctor Dolittle (1967) and Hello, Dolly! (1969) being the others. Unfortunately, tastes in popular entertainment were beginning to change and all three films' box-office performance reflected this. All were released amidst massive pre-release publicity and all lost equally massive amounts of money for the studio. The result was that several top studio executives lost their jobs, and the studio itself went into such dire financial straits that it only produced one picture for the entire calendar year of 1970. In truth, it would never recoup its losses until a highly successful theatrical reissue of "The Sound of Music" in early 1973.See more »
Continuity: 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.See more »
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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Not a star; just a gas giant., 16 June 2007
Author: F Gwynplaine MacIntyre from Minffordd, North Wales

'The Sound of Music', starring Julie Andrews and directed by Robert Wise, became (for its time) the biggest box-office smash in movie history. 'Star!', a big-budget musical tailor-made for Andrews and directed by Wise for the same studio (20th Century-Fox), was expected to be a second bite of the cherry ... but it sank like a stone. This film flopped so thuddingly, one critic joked that Andrews's next movie would be a musical biography of Al Capone, titled 'Scar!'.

'Star!' is the alleged life story of Gertrude Lawrence. In 1968, few movie-goers knew her name: Lawrence was primarily a stage performer, and her few films are seldom revived. In 'Star!', the only reference to Lawrence's screen career is a brief shot of Andrews wearing a copy of Lawrence's costume from 'Rembrandt'. Next offence: During the overture, there is a long long boring static shot of an orchestra against a backdrop emblazoned with some seemingly arbitrary phrases: 'Susan and God', 'Tonight at 8.30', 'Nymph Errant' and so forth. (I'm omitting one phrase from this description; I'll return to it later.) Movie-goers in 1968 were unlikely to recognise these phrases. In fact, these are the titles of Lawrence's stage vehicles (some from Broadway, some from the West End) ... and, after the overture, most of them are never mentioned anywhere in this film!

We get that hardy cliché of movie bios: the subject is first seen in middle age, then the rest of the film is in flashback from the subject's youth or childhood. Most biopics do this as a technical necessity: James Cagney was in his forties when he played George M Cohan in 'Yankee Doodle Dandy', so we first see Cagney (in appropriate make-up) as the older Cohan; then, after the audience have accepted that Cagney is Cohan, we see the middle-aged Cagney portraying Cohan in his younger years. But this device wasn't necessary in 'Star!': Julie Andrews was young enough and fit enough to give a convincing portrayal of the young Lawrence. Yet the opening sequence gives us Andrews in dowager make-up (lamb dressed as mutton?), playing Lawrence at the oldest we'll ever see her in this movie, cueing the flashback to her youth. Also cueing an excellent title song: the only original song in this movie.

Gertrude Lawrence was a notorious scene-stealer, reluctant to share the limelight. 'Star!' appears to have scripted as if seeking Lawrence's personal approval. In real life, Lawrence became a Broadway star in 'Charlot's Revue', co-starring with Jack Buchanan and Beatrice Lillie. In 'Star!', Buchanan is a mere dancing footnote, while Lillie (whom Gertrude Lawrence despised in her later years, after their early friendship) isn't even mentioned. When Andrews as Lawrence stars in 'Lady in the Dark', there's no mention of Danny Kaye ... who became a star in that production, and who famously had to defend himself against Lawrence's scene-stealing techniques. (Andrews gives a splendid and sexy rendition here -- surely much sexier than Lawrence's original -- of 'The Saga of Jenny', Lawrence's show-stopper from 'Lady in the Dark'.)

I was delighted by Julie Andrews's performance (in male drag) of 'Burlington Bertie from Bow' ... but this song is not to my knowledge a Gertrude Lawrence speciality. The song was written for Vesta Tilley, referencing an earlier song performed by Ella Shields. Bunging it into a movie about Gertrude Lawrence would be like casting James Cagney as George M Cohan but then having him sing 'Mammy' and 'If You Knew Suzie'.

Any biopic of Gertrude Lawrence must include Noël Coward. He's brilliantly played here by his godson, Daniel Massey. Massey's duet with Andrews on 'Has Anybody Seen Our Ship?' is delightful. On the one and only occasion when I met Noël Coward, his eyes lighted up with pleasure when I asked him about Gertrude Lawrence. It was clear that he deeply and sincerely loved her ... other factors in his personal life notwithstanding.

This too-long movie falters when the music stops and Andrews as Gertie Lawrence descends into soap-opera argle-bargle. We get Gertie in a scene with the teenage daughter whom she has largely ignored in her pursuit of the limelight. The daughter is touchingly played by the young Jenny Agutter, unfortunately in an outfit that displays the birthmark on her sternum. After we've seen Lawrence shove aside everyone who got between her and the spotlight, we now hear her lamenting that all she ever really wanted was (pause, wistful smile, half-formed sob) to be truly LOVED!

I mentioned that the overture curtain contained one phrase that modern audiences would recognise. That's 'The King and I', Gertrude Lawrence's last Broadway vehicle (now perceived as a vehicle for Yul Brynner). That phrase on the curtain is the ONLY time that 'The King and I' is mentioned in 'Star!'. We never see Lawrence performing in a scene from that musical. Were Fox unwilling to have Julie Andrews share the screen with Yul Brynner? Or unwilling to have another actor impersonate Brynner? Lawrence's stint in 'The King and I' is especially poignant, as she was dying of cancer during the Broadway run ... but you'd never know it from watching 'Star!'. The biopic ends arbitrarily, with Gertrude yammering during a motor trip: 'Lady in the Dark' behind her and 'The King and I!' still unmentioned.

In the original production of 'The King and I', Gertrude Lawrence was billed over Yul Brynner. On her deathbed, Lawrence's dying request was that Brynner be given top billing. All the people who knew the selfish Lawrence were awed by this act of generosity. To which I say: Rubbish! It wasn't generosity at all, since giving top billing to Brynner would have meant taking it away from Lawrence's replacement (Constance Carpenter), not from Lawrence herself. The real Gertrude Lawrence was phony and superficial ... and so is this movie. I'll rate it 4 in 10, for the superb production values ... and for Julie Andrews's passion for this period in showbiz history.

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