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The Star (1952) was a Drama - Black-and-white Film directed by Stuart Heisler and produced by Bert E. Friedlob.

Academy Awards 1952 --- Ceremony Number 25 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActressBette DavisNominated
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"The Stars" and 57 Years of Fascination

By FlickChick on Oct 14, 2019 From A Person in the Dark

This is my contribution to the Classic Movie Blog Association (CMBA) 10 Year Anniversary Blogathon. For more musings on auspicious anniversaries, click HERE. Anniversaries are important. Our first date, our first kiss, marriages, births, deaths - all landmarks that we mark with a card, a g... Read full article


On DVD: Walter Huston and a Lively Cast in The Star Witness (1931)

By KC on Apr 2, 2019 From Classic Movies

As Warner Archive celebrates its tenth year, I have been looking back on the hundreds of films I’ve reviewed from the label over the years. I treasure so many of these releases, from the pre-codes to big budget Technicolor musicals. However, my favorites have been the underseen gems that have ... Read full article


Musical Interlude: The Singing Voices Behind the Stars

By Jessica Pickens on Aug 24, 2018 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

The Singing Voices Behind the Stars Lucy Ricardo always tried to get in on Ricky?s act, despite her less than pleasant singing voice on the show I Love Lucy. Lucy would sing in a shouting, off-key manner. And when I was a little girl, my grandmother would tell me that Lucille Ball really could sing ... Read full article


Lick the Star (1998, Sofia Coppola)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Aug 9, 2018 From The Stop Button

The opening narration of Lick the Star, which isn?t from the same character as the end narration, explains the ground situation. Ostensible protagonist Christina Turley has just returned to school after her father accidentally ran over her foot. So she?s on crutches. She worries her group of friends... Read full article


Looking at the Stars: The Brown Derby

By Aurora Bugallo on Jul 1, 2018 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

?”It is a place where the stars gather at lunch time and after premieres? to be seen?and to relish some caviar.” – 1932 article about The Brown Derby There’s a lot to celebrate in the month of July – our country’s independence and hot dogs to name just two. Howeve... Read full article


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[to an Oscar statuette]
Margaret Elliott: Come on, Oscar, let's you and me go get drunk!


Jim Johannson aka Barry Lester: [while at the zoo, a seal is barking loudly] Listen to that seal!
Margaret Elliott: Sounds like my brother-in-law!


Margaret Elliott: If you're a star you don't stop being a star.


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In the scene where a drunken Margaret Elliot takes her Oscar for a ride in her car, Bette Davis used one of her own Oscars.
Fox starlet Barbara Lawrence's presence is felt even though her actual screen time is brief. Besides her fleeting cameo appearance, she is referred to at least five other times as the young nemesis to Bette Davis' aging star. She is mentioned as an up-and-coming prospect by an agent, a drunken Davis drives by her house in a mock tour of stars' homes, her image appears in a drugstore ad that confronts Davis, Davis stops to stare at a huge portrait of Lawrence before entering her prospective producer's office, and she spitefully uses Lawrence's vacant dressing room to change alter her make-up before her screen test. For added Hollywood verisimilitude, references are made to other contemporaneous Fox stars including Victor Mature, Debra Paget, Mitzi Gaynor, and Jeanne Crain. Curiously there is a reference to an actor named Ralph Bellows, who's playing the rich, stuffy second lead. This is an obvious reference to the screen persona of Ralph Bellamy, who was not under contract to Fox at the time.
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