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The Star (1952)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 11 December 1952 (USA)
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A washed-up movie queen finds romance, but still desires a comeback.

Director:

Stuart Heisler

Writers:

Dale Eunson (original screenplay), Katherine Albert (original screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bette Davis ... Margaret Elliot
Sterling Hayden ... Jim Johannsen aka Barry Lester
Natalie Wood ... Gretchen
Warner Anderson ... Harry Stone
Minor Watson ... Joe Morrison
June Travis ... Phyllis Stone
Paul Frees ... Richard Stanley
Robert Warwick ... R.J., Aging Actor at Party (as Robert Warrick)
Barbara Lawrence ... Barbara Lawrence
Fay Baker ... Faith
Herb Vigran ... Roy
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Storyline

Middle-aged Oscar winning actress Margaret Elliot - Maggie to those that know her - is a Hollywood has-been. Her life is in shambles. She clings to the hope of resurrecting her past movie stardom as a leading ingénue. No one will hire her, she's penniless with creditors selling off anything that she owns that is of monetary value, and she has no one to turn to that can see her through financially. She has in the past supported her sister and brother-in-law, who still want to use her as their meal ticket. Divorced from her actor husband, she shares joint custody of their teen-aged daughter Gretchen, from who Maggie tries to hide her problems. When it looks as if Maggie has hit rock bottom, Jim Johannsen re-enters her life. Jim, who once had the stage name Barry Lester, got his big break in Hollywood movies by Maggie. He came to the quick realization that he was neither good as an actor or that he wanted to do it as a profession. He now works as a boat parts supplier and mechanic. Jim ... Written by Huggo

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The story of a woman...who thought she was a star so high in the sky no man could touch her!

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Star See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At least two different Oscar statuettes were used in the "c'mon, Oscar, let's you and me get drunk" sequence. For the first 18 years, Oscar statuettes had a short base. Starting with the 1946 awards (presented in 1947), Oscar statuettes had a taller pedestal base with a brass collar designed for personalized engraving. The statuette that Maggie holds in her apartment and in front of her old house have the pre-1946 base. The one she sets on the dashboard of her car has the newer pedestal base. The switch was made because the Oscar had to rest its head on the backside of the car's rear-view mirror in order to balance on the dashboard while Maggie drove around. Davis' two pre-1946 Oscars were too short, so a newer Oscar was used during shots of the car's interior. See more »

Goofs

When Jim is in the middle of making a phone call and hears Margaret's voice calling him; he stops and looks at the door as he holds the phone away from the cradle. But on the next immediate cut when Margaret and Gretchen enter the room, the phone is now firmly in the cradle with his hand on top of it. See more »

Quotes

Margaret Elliott: If you're a star you don't stop being a star.
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Featured in Hollywood: The Great Stars (1963) See more »

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Grim forecast
13 February 2019 | by drjgardnerSee all my reviews

I never get tired of watching Bette Davis and she is capable of disappearing into so many different roles. This isn't one of her best films, but she gives a good performance and we get a chance to see a young Sterling Hayden and an adolescent Natalie Wood.

There are lots of in crowd Hollywood barbs and you can tell that Davis is having a great time.

Bear in mind that Davis' career peaked in the 30s when she won her two Oscars, but she continued to be nominated often in the 40s (Now Voyager, Mr Skeffington) but between 1944 and 1950 she didn't get a nod. So, despite her marvelous "All About Eve" (1950) she was clearly on the decline when she made this film (for which she earned her final nomination prior to Baby Jane). Following this film she had nearly a decade of decline, made even worse by the decline in her marriage.


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