A Star Is Born

A Star Is Born

William A Wellman (1937)

110min
bbfc_rating|universal Certificate
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Review

Our Score
One of the most famous movie titles of all time in its second incarnation - the first was called What Price Hollywood? - with Janet Gaynor as the young star on the way up and Fredric March as the ageing star on the way out in Tinseltown. Gaynor and March are superb and Hollywood itself is well depicted in early three-strip Technicolor. The now classic screenplay by Dorothy Parker and her husband Alan Campbell, among others, is still caustic and vibrant, and, of course, contains one of the greatest last lines in all cinema. Not up to the Judy Garland version (what is?), but streets ahead of Barbra Streisand's 1977 modern-day take on the story.

Summary

Classic romantic melodrama about the tempestuous relationship between an aspiring actress (Janet Gaynor) and her husband (Fredric March), a declining box-office star whose alcoholism leads to tragedy. Adolphe Menjou and May Robson also star.

Cast & Crew

Esther Blodgett / Vicki Lester Janet Gaynor
Norman Maine Fredric March
Oliver Niles Adolphe Menjou
Lettie, Grandmother Blodgett May Robson
Danny McGuire Andy Devine
Matt Libby Lionel Stander
Casey Burke Owen Moore
Miss Phillips, Central Casting Corp clerk Peggy Wood
Anita Regis Elizabeth Jenns
Aunt Mattie Clara Blandick
Billy Moon Franklin Pangborn
Director William A Wellman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video and DVD
Drama