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Stardust (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 25 March 1938 (USA)
Carla de Hulvea is a rhumba dancer who makes news by posing as a South-American heiress. She is doing fine with her hoax until she meets American Peter Jackson, a high-pressure promoter who... See full summary »


Melville W. Brown


John E. Harding (story), John Meehan (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Lyon ... Roy Harley
Lupe Velez ... Carla de Huelva
Wallace Ford ... Peter Jackson
Jean Colin ... Diana West
Harry Langdon ... Otto Schultz
Mary Cole Mary Cole ... Peggy
Cyril Raymond ... Jerry Sears
Ronald Ward ... Eric Williams
Arthur Finn Arthur Finn ... J.D. Meyers
Philip Pearman Philip Pearman ... Prince
Andreas Malandrinos Andreas Malandrinos ... Ambassador
Olive Sloane ... Gloria Dane
Peggy Novak Peggy Novak ... Secretary
John Stobart John Stobart ... Headwaiter
Ronald Hill Ronald Hill ... Attorney


Carla de Hulvea is a rhumba dancer who makes news by posing as a South-American heiress. She is doing fine with her hoax until she meets American Peter Jackson, a high-pressure promoter who is looking for movie-producing money. He does some big-time bluffing on his own in order to get Carla to invest in a film he is making with his partner, Roy Harley. Through Carla, Roy meets actress Diana West, who is given a role in the movie, and Roy falls in love with her. Before Carla and Peter have finished outsmarting each other, there is a merry mix-up which involves Roy, Diana and Otto Schultz. Everything works out when the film is finally completed and, due to a new color-process, the film is booked my a major theatre-circuit, enabling the independent production to pay off. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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25 March 1938 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Originally filmed in an unidentified color process, results were so unsatisfactory (described in Variety film review 25 May 1938), that the film was released in black and white. See more »


Little Lost Tune
Written by James Dyrenforth and Kenneth Leslie-Smith
Sung by Jean Colin
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A Sleeper
25 July 2013 | by frankebeSee all my reviews

Yup, put me to sleep. I cannot imagine anyone actually wasting all 71 minutes of this movie's time to watch it. Has anyone who has seen this on VHS or DVD ever really watched it without ANY fast-forwarding? This is another example of the lead side of Hollywood's Golden Age. The only time this thing lit up for me was when Harry Langdon was on. And he is on screen very, very little. And they waste him.

Langdon is just as fascinating in 1938 as he was in the mid-1920s. But he has nothing to do. It appears he improvised what little time the writers and director gave him. And I have to give him credit; with nothing going for him, he is spellbinding to watch--for those few seconds here and there when he appears...

The movie is mostly the characters talking their way through the story, which I consider the worst kind of movie-making. The musical numbers are based on some nice surreal ideas, but the routines are too long and the dancing never takes off.

This is not even a movie for Langdon completists. Or Lupe Velez fans for that matter. (She only gets to rave and throw things one time in the whole movie, and then acts embarrassed about it.)

Would someone PLEASE convince SOMEBODY to release Langdon's Hal Roach shorts?!

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