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Queen of the Stardust Ballroom (1975)

A lonely widow and a postman find romance late in life at the local dance hall.

Director:

Sam O'Steen

Writer:

Jerome Kass
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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maureen Stapleton ... Bea Asher
Charles Durning ... Al Green
Michael Brandon ... David
Michael Strong ... Jack
Charlotte Rae ... Helen
Jacquelyn Hyde ... Angie
Beverly Sanders ... Diane
Alan Fudge ... Louis
Elizabeth Berger Elizabeth Berger ... Jennifer
Natalie Core Natalie Core ... Pauline Krimm
Martha Tilton ... Singer
Danna Hansen Danna Hansen ... Martha
Orrin Tucker Orrin Tucker ... M.C.
Lewis Charles ... Johnny
Ruth Warshawsky Ruth Warshawsky ... Shirley
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Storyline

A middle-aged woman finds herself simply a widow, a grandmother and a person when a friend takes her to the Stardust Ballroom, a dance hall which recreates the music and atmosphere of the 1940s. There she encounters a most unlikely Prince Charming, a middle-aged mailman. With this encounter, life takes on a new meaning for the film's heroine. Written by alfiehitchie

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Ballkönigin See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tomorrow Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

The house exteriors are of a house in Woodhaven, Queens, New York. The house, at one time, was owned by the Smith family. Betty Smith wrote the novel, "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn". The house is still standing on Forest Parkway, next to the Post Office. See more »

Soundtracks

Who Gave You Permission?
Music by Billy Goldenberg
Lyrics by Marilyn Bergman and Alan Bergman
Performed by Maureen Stapleton
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Well remembered performances
13 January 2003 | by Morning StarSee all my reviews

I haven't seen this film in over 20 years and yet I still recall scenes from it quite vividly. The performances by both Stapleton (who I was researching now when I saw this film in a list of her credits) and Durning are both wonderful. The characters seemed very "real"...even more so when the film came out, as back then middle aged+ characters were *very rare* as romantic leads in a movie. And it's also quite touching. I recall crying quite a bit near the end on the 3 occasions I saw this movie on TV years ago. Bravo to Stapleton and Durning for this one!


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