Star! Overview:

Star! (1968) was a Biographical - Musical Film directed by Robert Wise and produced by Saul Chaplin.

Academy Awards 1968 --- Ceremony Number 41 (source: AMPAS)

Best Supporting ActorDaniel MasseyNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Boris Leven; Set Decoration: Walter M. Scott, Howard BristolNominated
Best CinematographyErnest LaszloNominated
Best Costume DesignDonald BrooksNominated
Best Music - ScoringAdaptation score by Lennie HaytonNominated

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Noel Coward: You can't decide what you want until you decide who you are.

Noel Coward: Close personal relationships are bloody difficult, my darling but they do get easier with time. Loneliness gets harder.

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During the cricket match in the alley, there is a line "If that was a googly, I'm a Chinaman". In cricket, a "googly" is type of delivery bowled by right-handed leg-spinner, where the ball moves into the batsman rather than away from him. It is also called a "wrong'un". (Note: left-handed spin bowlers are sometimes called "chinaman" bowlers.)
Daniel Massey plays Noel Coward, his own godfather.
After this musical flopped at the box office, Fox decided to substantially cut and re-market the film. They did some primitive market research, and tested audience response to three titles: "Music For The Lady, Star!" and "Those Were The Happy Days". The latter got the best response, but (possibly to avoid confusion with a couple songs about happy days) the final title was "Those Were The Happy Times". Robert Wise didn't believe revamping the the film would work but he didn't interfere. He declined to be involved in the re-cutting and asked that his credit "A Robert Wise Film" be removed. William Reynolds, the film's original editor, was hired to cut down the film based on instructions from Richard D. Zanuck. The cuts were a bad idea but they were very adeptly done. They hired the same artist who did the poster for "Sound Of Music" and every attempt was made to make audiences think this 120 minute version was a similar film. The original title was tucked into a corner of all the ads, so audiences were not fooled and this desperate effort only convinced people who hadn't seen the original that it really was a bad film. By the time it debuted on American television, the original title was restored, but the picture was still cut. At almost the same time, it debuted on
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