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A Star Is Born (1954)

aka A Star Is Born

"The applause of the world -- and then this!"

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Details: 181 mins · English · PG (USA)

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Cast:

Small Vicki Lester (Esther Blodgett)
Small Norman Maine
Small Matt Libby
Small Oliver Niles
Small Danny McGuire
No_movie_poster Lola Lavery
Small Susan Ettinger
Small Graves
No_movie_poster Libby's secretary
No_movie_poster Miss Markham (publicity department)
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Crew:

No_movie_poster Sam Leavitt Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Jack L. Warner Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Folmar Blangsted Editor
Small George Cukor Director
No_movie_poster Ray Heindorf Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Dorothy Parker Screenplay
No_movie_poster Alan Campbell Screenplay
No_movie_poster Robert Carson Screenplay
No_movie_poster Moss Hart Screenplay
No_movie_poster Vern Alves Producer
No_movie_poster Sidney Luft Producer
No_movie_poster Gene Allen Set Designer
Small William A. Wellman Writer

Taglines:

"The applause of the world -- and then this!"

Plot:

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.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1954-10-16 : United States of America

DVD : 2000-09-19