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The Stars Are Singing (1953)

Approved | | Musical | 29 May 1953 (France)
Fifteen-year-old Katri Walenska jumps a Polish ship, swims ashore and enters New York illegally. The United States Immigration officials are alerted---the USA still had a functioning ... See full summary »


Norman Taurog


Paul Hervey Fox (story), Liam O'Brien




Complete credited cast:
Rosemary Clooney ... Terry Brennan
Anna Maria Alberghetti ... Katri Walenska
Lauritz Melchior ... Jan Poldi
Bob Williams ... Homer Tirdell
Tommy Morton ... Buddy Fraser (as Tom Morton)
Fred Clark ... McDougall
John Archer ... Dave Parish
Mikhail Rasumny ... Ladowski
Lloyd Corrigan ... Miller
Don Wilson ... Radio Announcer
Otto Waldis ... Ship's Captain Goslak
Henry Guttman Henry Guttman ... Ship's Mate
Paul E. Burns ... Henryk, the Ship's Messboy
Freeman Lusk Freeman Lusk ... Conway
Red Dust Red Dust ... Homer's Dog


Fifteen-year-old Katri Walenska jumps a Polish ship, swims ashore and enters New York illegally. The United States Immigration officials are alerted---the USA still had a functioning immigration policy and department when this was filmed---and the search is on. Katri's only possessions are a ten-dollar bill and a letter to her parents' old friend, Jan Poldi, a former Metropolitan Opera star. She finds him in a shabby Greenwich Village apartment. His neighbors in the apartment house are three Broadway hopefuls; pop singer Terry Brennan, hoofer Buddy Fraser and Homer Tirdell and his talented dog Red Dust. (Pardon me, make that four Broadway hopefuls counting the dog.) When Terry hears Katri's magnificent singing voice, she scurries around New York to get her an audition and succeeds in getting her a spot on Don Wilson's televised amateur hour. She wins the contest but unwittingly reveals her true identity as an illegal alien, which causes the arrest of Poldi, Wilson and Dave, Terry's ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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New Talent...in TECHNICOLOR TOO!




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Release Date:

29 May 1953 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Lied, ein Kuß, ein Mädel See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This musical was Rosemary Clooney's film debut, two years after she had a big hit singing "Come-On-A-My-House", which she sings in this movie. See more »


Music by Guy d'Hardelot
Lyrics by Edward Teschemacher
Sung by Lauritz Melchior
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It was a treat
16 June 2006 | by FyouGitiveSee all my reviews

I have but two impressions from this film: I saw it with my mother, at a premier showing in Los Angeles. Rosie was there in front of the screen, skinny legs and all, and threw up her arms and shouted, "I've been waiting a year for this!" as the opening titles flashed her name into view.

Ana Maria Alberghetti's singing was beautiful, but the director made such a closeup of her face as she sang, I remember only that her lips were flattened into a funny shape, and the mechanics of her singing overwhelmed all else.

And that's the truth.

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