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A Star Is Born (1954)

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Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

A film star helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career on a downward spiral.

Cast

  • Judy Garland
  • James Mason
  • Jack Carson
  • Charles Bickford
  • Tommy Noonan
  • Lucy Marlow
  • Amanda Blake
  • Irving Bacon
  • Hazel Shermet
  • James Brown

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • After filming the Academy Award scene where Esther/Vicki is inadvertently slapped by a drunken Norman Maine, the whole side of Judy Garland's face was bruised.
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Goofs

  • While Vicki and Oliver are talking on the patio as Norman is listening in bed the seascape reflected on the glass doors behind them keeps resetting as though the film loop started over.
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Quotes

    • [seeing Norman drunk]
    • Vicki Lester: Mr. Maine is feeling no pain!
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Metacritic

75

Despite A Star Is Born’s musty jabs at movieland decadence in the wake of satires like Sunset Blvd. and The Bad and the Beautiful, it was the craft found in Cukor’s alternately splashy and shadowy mise-en-scène, and displayed by Mr. James Mason, that most greatly aided Mrs. Sid Luft.

Metacritic review by Bill Weber
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
75

Garland and Mason don’t exactly generate sparks as a couple, and her histrionics in the dialogue scenes eventually overwhelm the picture. But early on, this has a a lot of Technicolor/CinemaScope magic.

Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm