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A Star Is Born (1937)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 27 April 1937 (USA)
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A young woman comes to Hollywood with dreams of stardom, but achieves them only with the help of an alcoholic leading man whose best days are behind him.

Directors:

William A. Wellman, Jack Conway (uncredited)

Writers:

Dorothy Parker (screen play), Alan Campbell (screen play) | 3 more credits »
Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Janet Gaynor ... Esther Victoria Blodgett - aka Vicki Lester
Fredric March ... Norman Maine
Adolphe Menjou ... Oliver Niles
May Robson ... Grandmother Lettie Blodgett
Andy Devine ... Danny McGuire
Lionel Stander ... Matt Libby
Owen Moore ... Casey Burke - Director
Peggy Wood ... Miss Phillips - Central Casting Clerk
Elizabeth Jenns ... Anita Regis
Edgar Kennedy ... Pop Randall - Landlord
J.C. Nugent J.C. Nugent ... Mr. Blodgett
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Posture Coach (as Guinn Williams)
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Storyline

A young woman comes to Hollywood with dreams of stardom, but achieves them only with the help of an alcoholic leading man whose best days are behind him.

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Is the price of stardom a broken heart? See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Star Is Born See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,173,639 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System Noiseless Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The music heard at the Hollywood Bowl scene is Les Preludes by Franz Liszt. See more »

Goofs

The Night Court Judge refers to the "commonwealth" of California, but California isn't one of the states with commonwealth status. The judge should have referred to the "state" instead. See more »

Quotes

Oliver Niles: Now, I'm going to turn you over to our demon press agent, Libby. Don't let him frighten you. He has a heart of gold... only harder.
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Alternate Versions

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Connections

Spoofed in A Star Is Shorn (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

California, Here I Come
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by Joseph Meyer
(variations in the score as Esther arrives in Hollywood)
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Good Cast & An Interesting Story
5 July 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This early version of "A Star is Born" is well-performed by a good cast, and an interesting story. The basic idea is fairly simple, but filled with potential, and it is done skillfully.

Janet Gaynor and Frederic March work very well as a Hollywood couple whose careers are headed in different directions, with March's performance being especially good. The rest of the cast rounds out the picture nicely with good performances of their own. While the inside look at Hollywood is interesting in its own right, the heart of the story is the way that the couple's marriage and relationships are affected by her career taking off at the same time that his is crashing. It's the kind of story that only works with believable characters, careful writing, and convincing acting, and all of those are present here.

While overshadowed by the lavish 50's remake, this earlier version is still quite worthwhile in its own right.


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