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A screenwriter develops a dangerous relationship with a faded film star determined to make a triumphant return.

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Joe Gillis
Norma Desmond
Max Von Mayerling
Betty Schaefer
Artie Green
1st Finance Man (as Larry Blake)
Charles Dayton ...
2nd Finance Man
Cecil B. DeMille
Hedda Hopper
Buster Keaton
Anna Q. Nilsson
H. B. Warner
Ray Evans ...
Ray Evans
Jay Livingston ...
Jay Livingston
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cop Who Drags Joe's Body from Pool (uncredited)
Joel Allen ...
Prop Man #2 (uncredited)
Courtier (uncredited)
Anne Bauchens ...
Editor (uncredited)
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ...
Accordionist (uncredited)
Ken Christy ...
Homicide Captain (uncredited)
Sheldrake's Secretary (uncredited)
John Cortay ...
Mac - Young Gate Guard at Paramount Studios (uncredited)
Archie R. Dalzell ...
Camera Operator (uncredited)
Assistant Coroner (uncredited)
Peter Drynan ...
Tailor (uncredited)
Hisham (uncredited)
Phone Standby (uncredited)
Gerry Ganzer ...
Connie - Betty's Roommate (uncredited)
Rudy Germane ...
Detective (uncredited)
Kenneth Gibson ...
Salesman at Men's Shop (uncredited)
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Sanford E. Greenwald ...
Newsreel Cameraman (uncredited)
Creighton Hale (uncredited)
Grip on DeMille Set (uncredited)
James Hawley ...
Camera Assistant (uncredited)
Len Hendry ...
Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Doctor (uncredited)
Stan Johnson ...
First Assistant Director (uncredited)
Little Woman Outside Paramount Gate (uncredited)
Howard Joslin ...
Police Lieutenant (uncredited)
Arthur Lane ...
Camera Operator (uncredited)
Perc Launders ...
Violinist at Norma's New Year's Eve Party (uncredited)
Reporter (uncredited)
William Meader ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Hairdresser (uncredited)
Man on Golf Course (uncredited)
John 'Skins' Miller ...
Hog-eye - Electrician (uncredited)
Lee Miller ...
Dancing Party Guest / Paramount Studio Employee (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ...
Prop Man #1 (uncredited)
Gordon Cole (uncredited)
Fat Man (uncredited)
Bernice Mosk ...
Bernice (uncredited)
Police Captain (uncredited)
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Courtier (uncredited)
Courtier (uncredited)
Jonesy - Older Paramount Gate Guard (uncredited)
Detective (uncredited)
Virginia L. Randolph ...
Courtier (uncredited)
Second Assistant Director (uncredited)
Sidney Skolsky ...
Sidney Skolsky (uncredited)
Emmett Smith ...
Black Man (uncredited)
Roy Thompson ...
Rudy - Shoeshine Boy (uncredited)
Salesman at Men's Shop (uncredited)
Giggling Girl on Phone at Party (uncredited)
Edward Wahrman ...
Camera Assistant (uncredited)
Actor on DeMille's 'Samson & Delilah' Set (uncredited)

Directed by

Billy Wilder

Written by

Charles Brackett ... (written by) &
Billy Wilder ... (written by) &
D.M. Marshman Jr. ... (written by)

Produced by

Charles Brackett ... producer

Music by

Franz Waxman

Cinematography by

John F. Seitz ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Arthur P. Schmidt ... (as Arthur Schmidt)

Editorial Department

Doane Harrison ... editorial supervisor
Frank Bracht ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Art Direction by

Hans Dreier
John Meehan

Set Decoration by

Sam Comer
Ray Moyer

Costume Design by

Edith Head

Makeup Department

Wally Westmore ... makeup supervisor
Nellie Manley ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Karl Silvera ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Frank Thayer ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Vera Tomei ... hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management

Hugh Brown ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Charles C. Coleman ... assistant director (as C.C. Coleman Jr.)
Gerd Oswald ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

Steve Beers ... head carpenter (uncredited)
Jack Colconda ... props assistant (uncredited)
Gene Lauritzen ... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Tom Plews ... props (uncredited)

Sound Department

John Cope ... sound recordist
Harry Lindgren ... sound recordist

Visual Effects by

Farciot Edouart ... process photography
Gordon Jennings ... special photographic effects

Camera and Electrical Department

Otto Pierce ... camera operator (uncredited)
Glen E. Richardson ... still photographer (uncredited)
Harlow Stengel ... camera assistant (uncredited)
Walter Tayler ... gaffer (uncredited)
Fred True ... grip (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Ed Fitzharris ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Hazel Hegarty ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Joan Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

Sidney Cutner ... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Franz Waxman ... musical director (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Lupe Hall ... script clerk (uncredited)

Additional Crew

Ronnie Lubin ... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Norris Stensland ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Plot Summary

In Hollywood of the 50's, the obscure screenplay writer Joe Gillis is not able to sell his work to the studios, is full of debts and is thinking in returning to his hometown to work in an office. While trying to escape from his creditors, he has a flat tire and parks his car in a decadent mansion in Sunset Boulevard. He meets the owner and former silent-movie star Norma Desmond, who lives alone with her butler and driver Max Von Mayerling. Norma is demented and believes she will return to the cinema industry, and is protected and isolated from the world by Max, who was her director and husband in the past and still loves her. Norma proposes Joe to move to the mansion and help her in writing a screenplay for her comeback to the cinema, and the small-time writer becomes her lover and gigolo. When Joe falls in love for the young aspirant writer Betty Schaefer, Norma becomes jealous and completely insane and her madness leads to a tragic end. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • A Can of Beans (United States)
  • Sunset Boulevard (World-wide, English title)
  • Sunset Boulevard (Canada, English title)
  • Boulevard du Crépuscule (France)
  • Boulevard der Dämmerung (Germany)
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  • 110 min
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Box Office

Budget $1,752,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $5,303,175

Did You Know?

Trivia Unlike the character she played, Gloria Swanson had accepted the fact that the movies didn't want her anymore and had moved to New York, where she worked on radio and, later, television. Although she had long before ruled out the possibility of a movie comeback, she was nevertheless highly intrigued when she got the offer to play the lead. See more »
Goofs As the policemen run towards the pool, you can see the dead man's head lift up out of the water. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Fatale beauté (1994). See more »
Soundtracks The Paramount-Don't-Want-Me Blues See more »
Crazy Credits The Paramount logo appears as a transparency over the opening shot. The words "Sunset Blvd." are shown stenciled on the curb of that street. See more »
Quotes Joe Gillis: Wait a minute, haven't I seen you before? I know your face.
Norma Desmond: Get out! Or, shall I call my servant?
Joe Gillis: You're Norma Desmond. You used to be in silent pictures. You used to be big.
Norma Desmond: I *am* big. It's the *pictures* that got small.
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