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Star Dust (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 6 April 1940 (USA)
Carolyn Sayres gets a Hollywood contract from talent scout Brooke but is later rejected because she's too young. She falls in love with Bud Borden, another contractee who helps her to ... See full summary »


Walter Lang


Robert Ellis (screenplay), Helen Logan (screenplay) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Darnell ... Carolyn Sayres
John Payne ... Ambrose Fillmore / Bud Borden
Roland Young ... Thomas Brooke
Charlotte Greenwood ... Lola Langdon
William Gargan ... Dane Wharton
Mary Beth Hughes ... June Lawrence
Mary Healy ... Mary Andrews
Donald Meek ... Sam Wellman
Jessie Ralph ... Aunt Martha Parker
Walter Kingsford ... Napoleon in Screen Test
George Montgomery ... Ronnie
Robert Lowery ... Bellboy
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Cargo, Wellman's Assistant
Jody Gilbert ... Swedish Maid
Gary Breckner Gary Breckner ... Announcer


Carolyn Sayres gets a Hollywood contract from talent scout Brooke but is later rejected because she's too young. She falls in love with Bud Borden, another contractee who helps her to become a star. Based partly on Darnells' early experiences in Hollywood. Wharton is a parody of Zanuck. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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LINDA DARNELL in a picture thrilling and real, for it well might be the story of her own meteoric rise to fame! (Print Ad- Poughkeepsie Eagle-News, ((Poughkeepsie, NY)) 30 April 1940) See more »


Comedy | Drama


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In the original script, at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre courtyard scene would have Linda Darnell and John Payne examine the foot imprints and whimsical messages in the cement of several desceased stars, including Marie Dressler, Douglas Fairbanks and Jean Harlow, but the studio decided this would distress audiences, so those of Mary Pickford, Harold Lloyd, Tyrone Power and Don Ameche are seen instead. (Philadelphia ((Penna.)) Inquirer, 8 June 1940) See more »


References Little Old New York (1940) See more »


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"The Melody Of Love's Refrain"
27 August 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Star Dust the film with the famous Hoagy Carmichael-Mitchell Parish song played in the background is loosely based on its star's own story of how she obtained her place in the cinema firmament. Linda Darnell does well in playing a version of herself and we wouldn't see anything like it again until MGM starred Mario Lanza in That Midnight Kiss.

Young Linda plays a would be hopeful who shares a connection with her discoverer. Former comic actor Roland Young now a talent scout for the studio that is headed by William Gargan. Darnell shares a connection to Young through her late mother and he takes a fatherly interest in her career even though at first he tries to discourage her from ever thinking about a show business career.

In that he has a rivalry with another studio executive Donald Meek who is marvelous as a typical 'yes' man. He's got an interest himself in Mary Beth Hughes that's a more prurient interest and he'll damage Darnell to promote Hughes.

John Payne is also on hand as an All American football player who is another of Young's discoveries. His character is without a doubt based on Johnny Mack Brown who tore up the playing fields for the Crimson Tide of Alabama before coming to Hollywood. Payne gets an opportunity to sing one forgettable song in Star Dust. Singing the title song is yet another of Young's discoveries Mary Healy who is helped along by studio drama coach Charlotte Greenwood.

Though Payne and Darnell are the leads and the film is based somewhat on Darnell's own story the film is really driven by the rivalry between Young and Meek. Star Dust shows both its young leads off to good advantage and Darnell's place in Hollywood was certainly secure.

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Release Date:

6 April 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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