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Release Date:
22 October 1968 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
The Love Affair of the Century - Between a Woman, and the World! See more »
Plot:
Film based on life of actress Gertrude Lawrence, on- and offstage, takes the opportunity to feature extravagant... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 1 win & 4 nominations See more »
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Director Robert Wise Dies at 91
 (From IMDb News. 15 September 2005)

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Cast

  (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
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
176 min | UK:218 min | USA:120 min (edited version)
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Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track | Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
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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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the number "Burlington Bertie" the banana skin thrown onstage by Gertie disappears.See more »
Quotes:
Noel Coward:You can't decide what you want until you decide who you are.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Rembrandt (1936)See more »
Soundtrack:
The PhysicianSee more »

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36 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
elephantine, 2 May 2004
Author: mundsen from New Zealand

It's de rigeur to dish this film; yes, it's interminable, and it's inevitable that Andrews outlives her welcome. (Not sure I can think of any star who WOULDN'T become somewhat wearisome in a biopic of this length). The pace is incredibly leisurely; the decision to work towards a wedding means that there is simply too much material. Unfortunately, there is no motor in the plot, no 'desire' that runs throughout, no theme; Andrews can't find a line for character development. Instead, there are endless changes of image, and endless set-piece re-creations of theatre history. Whatever else, you can't say that you're short-changed, but the experience is a little like having a whole box of chocolates force-fed to you at a sitting.

But Andrews works her tail off; she sings, she comedies, she thesps. She does her all-time best dancing. She generally outshines the frocks and the sets. It's probably deliberate that Gerty is chosen as the subject: it's an ADVANTAGE that most of the audience has never seen the real thing. Andrews is not trapped into a Streepish impersonation - she plays the script as if it's fiction.

Daniel Massey's Noel Coward is trapped by audience expectation; personally, I think it's very good, provided you accept that 'Noel Coward' is a fictional character based on a real person. He and Andrews have an excellent rapport, although I suspect the real Noel and Gertie were a bit more feral as performers. (Coward liked his godson's impersonation: but "A shade too many 'dear boys', dear boy.") In other roles, Beryl Reid and Bruce Forsyth are worth the price of admission (it's the English musical numbers that work best). The "beards" are dull: dull performers with a script that gives them absolutely nothing. (How much Sound of Music depended on the implicit threat of Christopher Plummer! )

In other news, Lennie Hayton's musical direction of this film is exemplary. The arrangements are simply splendid; this must just about be the last gasp of Hollywood's ability to pastiche all the styles of vaudeville and Broadway.

Bernie Leven's production design is so pervasive that it warrants savouring. You could argue that this is a movie that has been hi-jacked by its tradesmen: Wise hires all these great talents, and then "gives them their head".

I think "Star!" has all the joys of a triumphant folly. It's utterly predictable, but never dull (cf. Jumbo!) You have to be in the mood for it, and probably its pleasures are best savoured over several days, interspersed with Godard and Ken Loach.

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