- A Star Is Born (1937 film)
name = A Star Is Born
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imdb_id = 0029606
William A. Wellman
writer = William A. Wellman
Robert Carson Dorothy Parker
Janet Gaynor Fredric March Adolphe Menjou
David O. Selznick
W. Howard Greene
Selznick International Pictures United Artists
April 20, 1937(U.S. release)
runtime = 111 min.
language = English
budget = $1,173,639 (estimated)
"A Star Is Born" (1937) is a romantic
drama filmproduced by David O. Selznickand directed by William A. Wellman, with a script by Wellman, Robert Carson, Dorothy Parkerand Alan Campbell. It stars Janet Gaynoras an aspiring actress who travels to Hollywood to become a movie star. Other members of the cast include Fredric March, Adolphe Menjou, May Robson, Andy Devineand Lionel Stander.
Vicki Lester, played by
Janet Gaynor, meets actor Norman Maine ( Fredric March) and they marry but soon after his career develops difficulties while hers flourishes.
Janet Gaynoras Vicki Lester Fredric Marchas Norman Maine Adolphe Menjouas Oliver Niles May Robsonas Grandmother Lettie Andy Devineas Daniel 'Danny' McGuire Lionel Standeras Matt Libby Owen Mooreas Casey Burke Peggy Woodas Miss Phillips
"A Star Is Born" was filmed from October to December 1936 with an estimated budget of $1,173,639, and premiered in Los Angeles,
Californiaon April 20, 1937. The scene in the film where Menjou offers the fading star a supporting role was added at the suggestion of George Cukor, who directed the 1954 remake.
Early in their careers,
Budd Schulberg(then a script reader for David O. Selznick) and Ring Lardner, Jr.(who was working in Selnick's publicitydepartment) were assigned to write some additional dialogue for the film, a collaboration which produced Janet Gaynor's final words, "This is Mrs. Norman Maine." The line was used again in the 1954 Warner Bros.musical remakestarring Judy Garland. [ [http://content.cdlib.org/xtf/view?docId=ft138nb0zm&chunk.id=d0e10398&toc.depth=1&toc.id=d0e10398&brand=eschol] Ring Lardner, Jr.Interview]
Some cinematic theorists believe that the marriage of
Barbara Stanwyckand Frank Fay was the film's real-life inspiration. John Bowershas also been identified as inspiration for the Norman Maine character and the dramatic suicide by drowning scene at the end of the film (he drowned during November 1936). The film contained several inside jokes, including Gaynor's brief imitations of Katharine Hepburnand Greta Garbo, the "Crawford Smear" (referring to Joan Crawford's lipstick), and the revelation that the glamorous Norman Maine's real last name was Hinkle. (Hinkle was the real last name of silent film star Agnes Ayres.) The film also has some similarities to the earlier film " What Price Hollywood?," whose creators actually considered suing, but never did.
The film was nominated for seven
Academy Awards, winning the award for Best Screenplay. It was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (March), Best Actress (Gaynor), Best Assistant Director, and Academy Award for Best Writing, Screenplay. It won a special Academy Award for its Technicolor cinematographyfor W. Howard Greene.
"A Star Is Born" has been remade twice, in 1954 with
Judy Garlandand James Mason, and in 1976 with Barbra Streisandand Kris Kristofferson. The financial and critical failure "Glitter" with Mariah Careyheavily borrowed plot elements from all three films.
* [http://www.archive.org/details/A_Star_Is_Born_1937 "A Star Is Born" (1937)] at the
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