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The Star (1952)

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A washed-up movie queen finds romance, but still desires a comeback.

Director:

Stuart Heisler

Writers:

Dale Eunson (original screenplay), Katherine Albert (original screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bette Davis ... Margaret Elliot
Sterling Hayden ... Jim Johannsen aka Barry Lester
Natalie Wood ... Gretchen
Warner Anderson ... Harry Stone
Minor Watson ... Joe Morrison
June Travis ... Phyllis Stone
Paul Frees ... Richard Stanley
Robert Warwick ... R.J., Aging Actor at Party (as Robert Warrick)
Barbara Lawrence ... Barbara Lawrence
Fay Baker ... Faith
Herb Vigran ... Roy
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Storyline

Middle-aged Oscar winning actress Margaret Elliot - Maggie to those that know her - is a Hollywood has-been. Her life is in shambles. She clings to the hope of resurrecting her past movie stardom as a leading ingénue. No one will hire her, she's penniless with creditors selling off anything that she owns that is of monetary value, and she has no one to turn to that can see her through financially. She has in the past supported her sister and brother-in-law, who still want to use her as their meal ticket. Divorced from her actor husband, she shares joint custody of their teen-aged daughter Gretchen, from who Maggie tries to hide her problems. When it looks as if Maggie has hit rock bottom, Jim Johannsen re-enters her life. Jim, who once had the stage name Barry Lester, got his big break in Hollywood movies by Maggie. He came to the quick realization that he was neither good as an actor or that he wanted to do it as a profession. He now works as a boat parts supplier and mechanic. Jim ... Written by Huggo

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The story of a woman...who thought she was a star so high in the sky no man could touch her!

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Estrela See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Screenwriters Dale Eunson and Katherine Albert were friends of Joan Crawford. After this film was released, Crawford ended their friendship. See more »

Goofs

When Margaret Elliot goes out to drive with her Oscar, in the shot from inside the car she puts it behind the far side of the rear-view mirror. In the next shot, from outside the car, it has suddenly moved to the mirror's side nearest to her. See more »

Quotes

Margaret Elliott: Haven't you ever cried because you're happy?
Gretchen: No.
Margaret Elliott: Well, you see, some people cry when they're happy and laugh when they're mad.
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Referenced in Hamlet (2000) See more »

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Bette Davis Triumph
14 July 2011 | by williwawSee all my reviews

Bette Davis deservedly won world wide fame at Warner Bros with a string of hits for the record books: Oscars for Jezebel, Dangerous, and to me her two greatest at Warners that Davis should have won Oscars : Now Voyager and The Letter. Bette Davis lucked out as she would be the first to admit when Bette Davis inherited from Claudette Colbert another great role starring in 20th's "All About Eve". The Star is another 20th film and this film may be one of her finest performances yet the film is overlooked when one discusses the gallery of great Bette Davis performances. Bette Davis takes role said to be based on Joan Crawford and runs with it. I like the desperation Bette's Margaret Elliot feels and one sees a true artist at work. Bette Davis scored her 9th Oscar nomination.

PS Joan Crawford also thought that this film was based on her and played a cruel trick on the films authors who were estranged from their daughter at the time. Crawford planned the Young Lady's elopement and wedding at her Mansion and then called the parents to advise them of the wedding and saying she had a piece of wedding cake for them.


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