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A Star Is Born (1937)

Passed | | Drama | 27 April 1937 (USA)
A young woman comes to Hollywood with dreams of stardom, but achieves them only with the help of an alcoholic leading man whose best days are behind him.

Directors:

William A. Wellman, Jack Conway (uncredited)

Writers:

Dorothy Parker (screen play), Alan Campbell (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Janet Gaynor ... Esther Victoria Blodgett - aka Vicki Lester
Fredric March ... Norman Maine
Adolphe Menjou ... Oliver Niles
May Robson ... Grandmother Lettie Blodgett
Andy Devine ... Danny McGuire
Lionel Stander ... Matt Libby
Owen Moore ... Casey Burke - Director
Peggy Wood ... Miss Phillips - Central Casting Clerk
Elizabeth Jenns ... Anita Regis
Edgar Kennedy ... Pop Randall - Landlord
J.C. Nugent J.C. Nugent ... Mr. Blodgett
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Posture Coach (as Guinn Williams)
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Storyline

A young woman comes to Hollywood with dreams of stardom, but achieves them only with the help of an alcoholic leading man whose best days are behind him.

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Is the price of stardom a broken heart? See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nace una estrella See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,173,639 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,360,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System Noiseless Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Helene Chadwick, the first wife of the movie's director William A. Wellman, appears briefly in the movie as an extra; it was her last movie appearance. See more »

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In the night court scene, the judge refers to the "commonwealth" but the movie is set in California which isn't one of the states to have commonwealth status. The judge should have referred to the "state" instead. See more »

Quotes

Matt Libby: That elopement thing is out; we're gonna have a wedding. Where are we going to have it?
Oliver Niles: The customary place, I believe, is a church.
Matt Libby: Nah! It's been done. This has gotta be something big... The beach! I can visualize it. The bridesmaids in bathing suits; twenty thousand Santa Monica school children spelling out the word "love"... but is it big enough?
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Referenced in USA High: A Star Is Born (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Les Préludes
(1848) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Liszt
(played by the orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl)
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Simply wonderful...
8 October 2006 | by classicanneSee all my reviews

I had not watched this movie until today, passing up each opportunity over the years to view it, as I feared it would not live up to the 1954 blockbuster starring Judy Garland and James Mason.

I was right, it does not; it far surpasses the 1954 remake. Judy Garland is my favorite all-round entertainer, favorite singer, and the songs in the 1954 movie are classic treasures, and James Mason never disappoints in any film. However, in the 1937 version the story is told more sensitively, with more shading. Janet Gaynor is perfect as the home-grown farm girl seeking to make her mark in Hollywood, and Fredric March is very convincing as the has-been who cannot cope with his declining value in Hollywood, especially since he caused much of it himself.

I had thought that I might miss the music in this earlier version, but I found after having watched it that I didn't miss it at all. The movie was engrossing from beginning to end and stood on its own merits. I was moved by this film in a way that I never had been by the later remake.

SEE this film if you love a good story; don't put it off for years the way I did. Simply, simply wonderful...


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