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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 »

Director:

Norman Taurog

Writers:

Paul Hervey Fox (story), Liam O'Brien
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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!

Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

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

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Aerial America: Kentucky (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

My Kind of Day
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by Anna Maria Alberghetti
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The one with Rosemary Clooney singing
17 September 2014 | by jarrodmcdonald-1See all my reviews

Recently, I had the opportunity to watch THE STARS ARE SINGING on Netflix streaming. It was not one of those films I actively sought out to watch, but since I like musicals from the 1950s, I decided to give it a try. Although I found the plot to be more than a bit contrived, and let's face it—what musical comedy plot is not contrived?—Rosemary Clooney is in splendid form here, and the time spent viewing the picture was worth it. Apparently, it was her first role at Paramount, and it's interesting to see her at this stage of her career. Clooney's costar in this venture is Anna Maria Alberghetti, and while the two ladies have very different singing styles, their professionalism is top-notch, and they work together nicely. Opera tenor Lauritz Melchoir, in his final film, is an added bonus.


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