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The Car That Became a Star (1965)

| Documentary, Short
At a 1965 international auto show in New York City, the key attraction is not a new car but a 35 year old late 1930s-vintage brilliant yellow colored Phantom II Rolls-Royce limousine. Its ... See full summary »


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The Marquess of Frinton (archive footage)
The Marchioness of Frinton (archive footage)
Gerda Millett (archive footage)
Davich (archive footage)


At a 1965 international auto show in New York City, the key attraction is not a new car but a 35 year old late 1930s-vintage brilliant yellow colored Phantom II Rolls-Royce limousine. Its claim to fame is that it is the star of the MGM feature film The Yellow Rolls-Royce (1964). For filming, the automobile traveled from London to northern Italy (Pisa and Florence) to Austria to Yugoslavia, along the way encountering its several co-stars including Rex Harrison and Jeanne Moreau in London, Shirley MacLaine, George C. Scott, Art Carney and Alain Delon in Italy, and Ingrid Bergman and Omar Sharif in Austria and Yugoslavia. The limo also encountered many fans interested both in the filming and the vehicle itself. During filming, the limo was well taken care of by a large maintenance crew. In its post filming life, the limousine has even inspired a fashionable clothing line by designer Joan Leslie in, of course, the famous yellow motif. Written by Huggo

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The graphic at the End Title shows the Copyright year as MCMLV (1955). The correct Copyright year should show as MCMLXV (1965). See more »


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Narrator: Each year, New York's famed International Automobile Show brings together the world's newest quality motor cars. But this year's most dramatic display is not new. It is a 35-year-old limousine that radiates more glamour and glitter than the most exotic 1965 models. This superb specimen that steals the spotlight is a Rolls Royce Phantom II, hand-crafted in England in 1930. The color, brilliant yellow; mechanical trim, flawless; value, thirty thousand dollars. It's more than age, or ...
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Written by Riz Ortolani (music) and Norman Newell (lyrics)
Performed by studio orchestra
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Came to see a car & a fashion show broke out
8 June 2011 | by (Rosebush) – See all my reviews

Essentially a 10-minute trailer for the feature THE YELLOW ROLLS ROYCE, this short begins with some promise as the uncredited narrator booms out hyperbole about a supposedly "brilliant yellow" 1930 Phantom II. Unfortunately, the surviving print of THE CAR THAT BECAME A STAR is in black and white, sort of defeating the whole purpose of watching such post-MAD MEN era flackery. To add insult to injury, the final third of this increasingly tedious promo is pre-empted BY A FASHION SHOW. The craftsmen who assembled this luxury model probably were set spinning in their graves as a bevy of Joan Leslie models rub their rumps on the poor Rolls in their allegedly yellow outfits (drab shades of gray here, of course). Some of the material modeled appears just slightly less coarse than steel wool. Possibly a young Stephen King was similarly traumatized by the injustices heaped upon this classic ride, inspiring his automotive revenge tale CHRISTINE (subsequently adapted as a feature film). Such shenanigans might be humorous when heaped upon a 1928 Porter in the classic TV situation comedy MY MOTHER THE CAR, but a Phantom never should have been demeaned with CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG-style disrespect. Obviously, THE CAR THAT BECAME A STAR could not make the rounds on Jay Leno's watch!

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