A Star is Born Overview:

A Star is Born (1954) was a Drama - Musical Film directed by George Cukor and produced by Jack L. Warner, Sidney Luft and Vern Alves.


A close remake of the fabled 1937 Hollywood tragedy (with aspects of Cukor's own 1932 What Price Hollywood?) is elevated by Garland's finest, most-esteemed performance. The feeling of impending doom is intensified for today's audience by our knowledge of Garland's own experience and career. The story follows the original, with singer Garland getting her big break by giving screen star Mason a hand onstage. The more emotional performances characteristic of the '50s make this version somewhat overwrought, with Mason's degradation more shocking than Fredric March's decline. Drastic cuts made by the studio after its initial release were restored in the early '80s, and nearly 30 minutes of additional footage are available on the laserdisc. The Harold Arlen-Ira Gershwin score introduced the Garland versions of "The Man That Got Away," "Somewhere There's a Someone," "Melancholy Baby," and "Born in a Trunk."

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A Star is Born was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2000.

Academy Awards 1954 --- Ceremony Number 27 (source: AMPAS)

Best ActorJames MasonNominated
Best ActressJudy GarlandNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Malcolm Bert, Gene Allen, Irene Sharaff; Set Decoration: George James HopkinsNominated
Best Costume DesignJean Louis, Mary Ann Nyberg, Irene SharaffNominated
Best Music - ScoringRay HeindorfNominated
Best Music - SongMusic by Harold Arlen; Lyrics by Ira GershwinNominated

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Five Fun Facts: A Star is Born (1937)

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Five Fun Facts: A Star is Born (1937) 1) Pick a number, four or five… So, how many versions of this movie are there, really? Well, most classic film fans would say a definite ‘four,’ end of story — which would be the 1937 film starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March... Read full article

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Bette Davis in Of Human Bondage (1934) – a star is born On May 24, 2019 By CarolIn Uncategorized Sometimes it’s hard to believe there was a time when Bette Davis was not a star. Yet, between 1930 and 1933 she was mostly a supporting player with little scree... Read full article

A Star is Born (2018)

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A Star is Born is a story that seems to be revived every couple decades. The first film was in 1937. A remake with Judy Garland and James Mason came in 1954. And another came to be with Barbara Streisand in 1976. Now, with Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper stars and has made his directorial debut with his n... Read full article

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Matt Libby: [after being introduced to Esther] Esther Blodgett? Well, we'll do something about that. Anyway, nice to have you with us.

Oliver Niles: You know Libby you missed a lot not knowing Norman Maine.
Matt Libby: Not knowing him? I spent my life knowing him. I knew what he was going to do before he did it. I knew him backwards.
Oliver Niles: You didn't know him at all. He was quite a guy.

Matt Libby: This is the way the world ends, not with a bang, with a whimper.

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Judy Garland was nominated for an Oscar as best actress and James Mason was nominated for best actor. These two nominations are the first time in Academy Awards history for two people in the same film playing roles for which different people were earlier nominated for Oscars: Janet Gaynor and Fredric March in the 1937 version.
WILHELM SCREAM: In the projection room while playing the western.
The 15-minute "Born in a Trunk" medley was designed by Roger Edens and Leonard Gershe. It was inserted into the film when it was decided that none of the three Arlen/Gershwin songs submitted supplied an acceptable conclusion to the first half of the film. Mr. Edens, Judy Garland's musical mentor during her MGM years (1935-1950), also crafted the around-the-world-in-a-living-room concept for "Someone at Last" (music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by Ira Gershwin). Still under contract to Metro in 1954, Roger received no screen credit as either contributor or co-writer (with Mr. Gershe) of the "Born in a Trunk" song.
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