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|Judy Garland||Vicki Lester (Esther Blodgett)|
|James Mason||Norman Maine|
|Jack Carson||Matt Libby|
|Charles Bickford||Oliver Niles|
|Tommy Noonan||Danny McGuire|
|Lucy Marlow||Lola Lavery|
|Amanda Blake||Susan Ettinger|
|Hazel Shermet||Libby's secretary|
|Lotus Robb||Miss Markham (publicity department)|
|Sam Leavitt||Director of Photography|
|Jack L. Warner||Executive Producer|
|Ray Heindorf||Original Music Composer|
|Gene Allen||Set Designer|
|William A. Wellman||Writer|
"The applause of the world -- and then this!"
Norman Maine is a former matinee idol whose career is in the early stages of decline. When he arrives intoxicated at a function at the Shrine Auditorium, his studio's publicist attempts to keep him away from reporters, and after an angry exchange, Norman rushes away and bursts onto a stage where an orchestra is performing. Singer Esther Blodgett takes him by the hand and pretends he is part of the act, turning an embarrassing and potentially destructive moment into an opportunity for the audience to greet Norman with applause.
Realizing Esther has saved him from public humiliation, Norman thanks her and draws a heart on the wall with her lipstick, then invites her to dinner. He later watches her perform after-hours in a downtown club and is impressed by her talent. He urges her to follow her dream, and convinces her to try to break into movies. She agrees to meet him the following day, but Norman is called away early in the morning to begin filming on location. He attempts to get a message to Esther but cannot remember her address, and when she doesn't hear from him, she suspects he was only flirting with her. Having quit her band, she takes jobs as a carhop and TV commercial singer to make ends meet.
Theatrical : 1954-10-16 : United States of America
DVD : 2000-09-19