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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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(2 articles)
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Director Robert Wise Dies at 91
 (From IMDb News. 15 September 2005)

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Fascinatingly flawed musical extravaganza See more (63 total) »

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 ... Italia 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 ... Woman 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 Hall (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
Ed Wynigear .... wardrober
Bill Hargate .... Donald Brooks' assistant costume designer (uncredited ) (uncredited)
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:
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:
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:
Featured in Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 1 (1999) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Do, Do, DoSee more »

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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Fascinatingly flawed musical extravaganza, 20 January 1999
Author: Carl Wohlschlegel (vogueman@hotmail.com) from Louisville, KY

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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