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Star! (1968)

A musical biography of Gertrude Lawrence, who led a hustling and bustling life on the stage.

Director:

Robert Wise
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Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Andrews ... Gertrude Lawrence
Richard Crenna ... Richard Aldrich
Michael Craig ... Sir Anthony Spencer
Daniel Massey ... Noël Coward
Robert Reed ... Charles Fraser
Bruce Forsyth ... Arthur Lawrence
Beryl Reid ... Rose
John Collin John Collin ... Jack Roper
Alan Oppenheimer ... Andre Charlot
Richard Karlan Richard Karlan ... David Holtzmann
Lynley Laurence Lynley Laurence ... Billie Carleton
Garrett Lewis Garrett Lewis ... Jack Buchanan
Anthony Eisley ... Ben Mitchell
Jock Livingston Jock Livingston ... Alexander Woollcott
J. Pat O'Malley ... Dan
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Storyline

Film based on life of actress Gertrude Lawrence, on- and offstage, takes the opportunity to feature extravagant musical production numbers with 'Julie Andrews' , acting, singing and dancing. Written by Stewart M. Clamen <clamen@cs.cmu.edu>

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Happiness is a girl called Julie! See more »


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G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

22 October 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Those Were the Happy Times See more »

Filming Locations:

Dennis, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,000,000, 31 January 1970
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (edited)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track | Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Daniel Massey plays Noël Coward, his own godfather. Massey made his film debut as a young boy, playing Noel Coward's son in the wartime drama, In Which We Serve (1942). See more »

Goofs

In the number "Burlington Bertie" the banana skin thrown onstage by Gertie disappears. See more »

Quotes

Noel Coward: You can't decide what you want until you decide who you are.
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Crazy Credits

The only credits seen at the beginning of the film are those for a fictional black-and-white short subject about Gertrude Lawrence. The film's real credits all appear at the end. However, the Twentieth-Century Fox logo is shown only in black-and-white, and with tinny 1940's-style sound recording, as part of that fictional newsreel. We never see the logo in color and stereophonic sound, although Twentieth-Century Fox released "Star!" See more »

Alternate Versions

When business didn't meet expectations, the studio suggested some shortening, and Robert Wise offered about 20 minutes of cuts that were literally scissored out of the prints while the film played to initial reserved seat audiences. The studio also tried revamping the ads to appeal to a younger audience, even including a shot of Julie posing with a motorcycle that was just an on-location joke and not a scene in the film. Another idea was to make up a couple print ads that tried to make the movie look like a soap opera, adding "Loves Of A..." to the title. The "Loves Of A Star!" ads were only tested briefly in a few papers, and never used widely. This prompted a politely shocked letter from Robert Wise to the studio, who sheepishly admitted it was a desperate attempt that failed. That title was never put on the actual film. In the spring of 1969, the studio withdrew the film from release entirely and decided on a drastic edit and total new identity. After removing many of the musical numbers and preparing new ads that deliberately made the picture look like The Sound of Music, a two-hour version was released under the title "Those Were the Happy Times". At his own request, The credit "A Robert Wise Film" is not present on this version. The short version did no business. See more »


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Julie Andrews: STAR
26 October 2013 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Forty-five years have passed since this film debuted! A notorious flop in its day, the film looks better all the time. An old-fashioned, full-throttle musical starring diva Julie Andrews as diva Gertrude Lawrence in a series of musical numbers with dramatic scenes interspersed. As biography, it's bosh, but as entertainment it's aces.

Andrews is superb as Lawrence, capturing the blazing talent and her inability to deal with reality and men. The film nicely captures the razzle dazzle of Broadway in the 20s and 30s when there were such things as stars on stage. The musical numbers of terrific. The costumes are eye popping. Only the story lags.

I suspect that those who say Andrews is "stiff" in this film haven't seen it. Andrews is a whirlwind of singing, dancing, and acting as she covers Lawrence's life from early adulthood til her marriage to Richard Aldrich in 1940 and her triumph in LADY IN THE DARK.

Co-stars include the marvelous Daniel Massey as Noel Coward, Richard Crenna as Aldrich, Michael Craig, Robert Reed, Anthony Eisley, Jenny Agutter, Beryl Reid, Bruce Forsythe, and Alan Oppenheimer as Charlot.

Look quick for Conrad Bain, Tony Lo Bianco, J. Pat O'Malley, Anna Lee, Ballard Berkeley, Bernard Fox, and Don Crichton (CAROL BURNETT SHOW dancer)in the "Limehouse Blues" number.

STAR! ranks as one of Julie Andrews' very best performances. And that's saying a lot.


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