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A Star Is Born (1937)

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

Directors:

William A. Wellman, Jack Conway (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Dorothy Parker (screen play), Alan Campbell (screen play) | 3 more credits »
Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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, and achieves them only with the help of an alcoholic leading man whose best days are behind him.

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Taglines:

What goes on "Behind the Scenes" In Hollywood? Now for the first time...you can see THE TRUTH! (Print Ad- Malakoff News, ((Malakoff, Texas)) 28 May 1937) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Trivia

The first all-color film nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. See more »

Goofs

The Night Court Judge refers to the "commonwealth" of California, but California isn't one of the states with commonwealth status. The judge should have referred to the "state" instead. See more »

Quotes

Norman Maine: Do you mind if I take just one more look?
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Alternate Versions

Telugu Remake See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Flying Nun: A Star Is Reborn (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(uncredited)
Scottish traditional music
(played as background music when Esther and Granny say goodbye at the railway station and when Granny meets Esther in Hollywood)
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Good Cast & An Interesting Story
5 July 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This early version of "A Star is Born" is well-performed by a good cast, and an interesting story. The basic idea is fairly simple, but filled with potential, and it is done skillfully.

Janet Gaynor and Frederic March work very well as a Hollywood couple whose careers are headed in different directions, with March's performance being especially good. The rest of the cast rounds out the picture nicely with good performances of their own. While the inside look at Hollywood is interesting in its own right, the heart of the story is the way that the couple's marriage and relationships are affected by her career taking off at the same time that his is crashing. It's the kind of story that only works with believable characters, careful writing, and convincing acting, and all of those are present here.

While overshadowed by the lavish 50's remake, this earlier version is still quite worthwhile in its own right.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,173,639 (estimated)
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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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