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A Star Is Born (1954)

Passed | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 16 October 1954 (USA)
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A film star helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career on a downward spiral.


George Cukor


Moss Hart (screen play by), Dorothy Parker (based on the 1937 screen play by) | 4 more credits »
4,530 ( 496)
Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
Judy Garland ... Esther Blodgett / Vicki Lester
James Mason ... Norman Maine
Jack Carson ... Matt Libby
Charles Bickford ... Oliver Niles
Tommy Noonan ... Danny McGuire (as Tom Noonan)
Lucy Marlow ... Lola Lavery
Amanda Blake ... Susan Ettinger
Irving Bacon ... Graves
Hazel Shermet Hazel Shermet ... Libby's Secretary
James Brown ... Glenn Williams


Norman Maine, a movie star whose career is on the wane, meets showgirl Esther Blodgett when he drunkenly stumbles into her act one night. A friendship develops, then blossoms into romance before tensions increase as Esther's career takes off while Norman's continues to plummet. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Drama | Musical | Romance


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Studio executives viewed a rough-cut of everything that had been completed up to that point. George Cukor wasn't happy with the footage, but everyone else was delighted. See more »


The Shrine Auditorium benefit which opens the film takes place in Los Angeles, but a very prominently displayed TV camera displays the call letters WABD which at that time was the DuMont Television Network's New York City station, broadcasting on Channel 5, and would not have a camera crew on hand in Los Angeles to record such an event. See more »


Norman Maine: Of course you're scared! We all are! What makes you think you wouldn't be?
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Alternate Versions

In 1983 the film was restored to 176 minutes by Ron Haver. However, although all of the original soundtrack was available, some visual footage couldn't be found: the restored version resorts to a montage of stills, dialogue and music in place of the missing scenes. Director George Cukor died the day before the opening of the restored version. See more »


Referenced in The Long Goodbye (1973) See more »


Born in a Trunk
Music by Roger Edens
Lyrics by Leonard Gershe
Performed by Judy Garland
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Michael Arick or Tommy Will You Ever Turn Over Your Print?
22 January 2018 | by Sober-FriendSee all my reviews

This is a great film. Yes it is long. Yes some of the songs should have been cut but they weren't but we get a masterpiece anyway.

In this film Esther Blodgett is a talented aspiring singer with a band, and Norman Maine is a former matinee idol with a career in the early stages of decline. When he arrives intoxicated at a function at the Shrine Auditorium, the studio publicist attempts to keep him away from reporters. After an angry exchange, Norman rushes away and bursts onto a stage where an orchestra is performing. Esther takes him by the hand and pretends he is part of the act, thereby turning a potentially embarrassing and disruptive moment into an opportunity for the audience to greet Norman with applause.

Norman then takes Esther under his wing and gets her a screen test at the studio in which he works. She ends up homecoming a major star and his drinking escalates!

After the film was released Warner Brothers recalled the prints. 30 minutes were edited out. In 1983 Ron Haver was able to restore most of the film. Where he could not find footage for the missing scenes he used productions stills. People claim this halts the picture. It doesn't! Besides it only last a total of 7 minutes. It is not 7 minutes all at once!

Now in 2010 it was reported that film restorer Michael Arick had a print of this film. He will not let Warner Brothers use the print. Some people claim that he doesn't have a print however "He has never publicly denied it".

It is also Rumored that Tommy from Beverly Hills has hours of the films outtakes on VHS however it is silent footage. Maybe it might include the missing 7 minutes.

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Release Date:

16 October 1954 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$5,019,770 (estimated)

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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


| (premiere) | (restored) | (DVD) | (cut)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound System) (magnetic prints)| Mono (optical prints)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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