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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

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Star Is Born See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,173,639 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,360,000
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Technical Specs

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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

The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Goofs

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

Oliver Niles: [to Esther] All the experts seems to think that your type is a little mild for present day's taste. But I'd rather believe that tastes change, like eyebrows. And I think that also like eyebrows, tastes are going back to the natural.
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Connections

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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It's Norman's movie
24 August 2006 | by fdraskolnikovSee all my reviews

I believe this as one of the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen. I enjoyed the story, the dialog and above all I enjoyed the atmosphere and the actors. All of them are great but to me Fredric March is outstanding.

Norman/Alfred is a wonderful character: frail, undignified, touchy, weak and able to love Vicki/Esther so much, with all his heart.

Fredric March brings all of it on the screen, providing one of his best performances here.

If you would like to become an actor, I believe you should watch this movie and Mr. March's way of acting. Pay attention to his eyes, his hands, his face and his moves, especially when he interrupts his wife thanking everybody for the Oscar she got and claims he deserves three statues for the worse performances.

He is overcome by himself and starts dying. I just shivered.

To me, this version can't be compared to its remakes. The allure and the fascination of Hollywood have been perfectly represented here, together with an unpleasant and creepy feeling of emptiness.


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