Star! (1968)

175 mins | Biography | 22 October 1968

Director:

Robert Wise

Producer:

Saul Chaplin

Cinematographer:

Ernest Laszlo

Production Designer:

Boris Leven

Production Company:

Robert Wise Productions
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HISTORY

Location scenes filmed in New York City, London, Cape Cod, and the French Riviera. After its initial release, the film was withdrawn from circulation and reissued in Oct 1969 as Those Were the Happy Times ; running time: 120 min. Film contains portions of Noel Coward's Tonight at 8:30 and Private Lives and Rachel Crothers' Susan and God ... More Less

Location scenes filmed in New York City, London, Cape Cod, and the French Riviera. After its initial release, the film was withdrawn from circulation and reissued in Oct 1969 as Those Were the Happy Times ; running time: 120 min. Film contains portions of Noel Coward's Tonight at 8:30 and Private Lives and Rachel Crothers' Susan and God . More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Boston Globe
22 Mar 2015
Section M, p. 7.
Daily Variety
3 Nov 1964
p. 2.
Daily Variety
10 Dec 1964
p. 2.
Daily Variety
16 Mar 1965
p. 2.
Daily Variety
20 May 1965
p. 3.
Daily Variety
23 Mar 1966
p. 2.
Daily Variety
31 Mar 1966
p. 2.
Daily Variety
30 Aug 1966
p. 12.
Daily Variety
30 Dec 1966
p. 2.
Daily Variety
27 Mar 1967
p. 3.
Daily Variety
16 May 1967
p. 4.
Daily Variety
29 Jun 1967
p. 2.
Daily Variety
19 Dec 1967
p. 4.
Daily Variety
14 Jul 169
p. 3.
Daily Variety
3 Sep 1969
p. 2.
Daily Variety
4 Nov 1969
p. 3.
Daily Variety
24 Dec 1979
p. 6.
Los Angeles Times
25 May 1967
Section E, p. 9.
Los Angeles Times
30 Jul 1967
Section P, p. 15.
Los Angeles Times
19 Aug 1967
p. 16.
Los Angeles Times
6 Nov 1967
Section C, p. 27.
Los Angeles Times
1 Nov 1968
Section A, p. 28.
Los Angeles Times
30 Dec 1968
Section E, p. 23.
New York Times
18 May 1967
p. 77.
New York Times
23 Oct 1968
p. 36.
Variety
10 Feb 1965
p. 12.
Variety
31 Mar 1965
p. 26.
Variety
2 Jun 1965
p. 14.
Variety
30 Jun 1965
p. 1, 22.
Variety
6 Apr 1966
p. 2.
Variety
12 Apr 1967
p. 4.
Variety
17 May 1967
p. 4.
Variety
24 May 1967
p. 13.
Variety
24 Jul 1968
p. 14.
Variety
30 Oct 1968
p. 3, 12.
Variety
10 Sep 1969
p. 2.
Variety
4 Nov 1969
p. 3.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod assoc
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Prod des
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus arr & cond
Dance mus comp
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
Spec photog eff
Spec photog eff
DANCE
Dances & mus numbers staged by
Asst to Mr. Kidd
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstyles for Miss Andrews
Hairdresser for Miss Andrews
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit prod mgr
Dance assistant
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
“Star,” music and lyrics by Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen, sung by Julie Andrews
“In My Garden Of Joy,” music and lyrics by Saul Chaplin, sung by Jeanette Landis, Dinah Anne Rogers, Barbara Sandland, Ellen Plasschaert, and Ann Hubbell
“Down At The Old Bull And Bush,” music and lyrics by Harry Von Tilzer, Andrew B. Sterling, Russell Hunting, and P. Krone, sung by Ensemble
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SONGS
“Star,” music and lyrics by Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen, sung by Julie Andrews
“In My Garden Of Joy,” music and lyrics by Saul Chaplin, sung by Jeanette Landis, Dinah Anne Rogers, Barbara Sandland, Ellen Plasschaert, and Ann Hubbell
“Down At The Old Bull And Bush,” music and lyrics by Harry Von Tilzer, Andrew B. Sterling, Russell Hunting, and P. Krone, sung by Ensemble
“Piccadilly,” music by Walter Williams, lyrics by Paul Morande and Bruce Seiver, sung by Julie Andrews, Bruce Forsyth, and Beryl Reid
“Oh It’s A Lovely War,” music and lyrics by J. P. Long and Maurice Scott, sung by Julie Andrews with Jeanette Landis, Dinah Anne Rogers, Barbara Sandland, Ellen Plasschaert, and Ann Hubbell
“Forbidden Fruit,” music and lyrics by Noël Coward, sung by Daniel Massey
“Parisian Pierrot,” music and lyrics by Noël Coward, sung by Julie Andrews with the Dance Ensemble
“Someday I'll Find You,” music and lyrics by Noël Coward, sung by Julie Andrews and Daniel Massey
“Has Anybody Seen Our Ship?,” music and lyrics by Noël Coward, sung by Julie Andrews and Daniel Massey
“’N’ Everything,” music and lyrics by B. G. DeSylva, Al Jolson and Gus Kahn, sung by Garrett Lewis, Lynley Laurence, Julie Andrews, and the Charlot Revue Ensemble
“Burlington Bertie From Bow,” music and lyrics by William Hargreaves, sung by Julie Andrews
“Limehouse Blues,” music and lyrics by Philip Brahm and Douglas Furber, sung by Julie Andrews with Male Chorus
“Someone To Watch Over Me,” music by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, sung by Julie Andrews
“Dear Little Boy (Dear Little Girl),” music by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, sung by Julie Andrews and Daniel Massey
“Do, Do, Do,” music by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, sung by Julie Andrews
“The Physician,” music and lyrics by Cole Porter, sung by Julie Andrews and the Dance Ensemble
“My Ship,” music by Kurt Weill, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, sung by Julie Andrews
“Jenny,” music by Kurt Weill, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, sung by Julie Andrews, Circus Performers, and the Entire Company.
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Those Were the Happy Times
Release Date:
22 October 1968
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 22 October 1968
Production Date:
12 April--15 December 1967
Copyright Claimant:
Robert Wise Productions
Copyright Date:
22 October 1968
Copyright Number:
LP36587
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Color
with b&w seq; De Luxe
gauge
35 & 70
Widescreen/ratio
Todd AO-Color
Duration(in mins):
175
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

In the early 1940's Gertrude Lawrence, while starring in the Broadway musical Lady in the Dark , watches a newsreel summary of her career and recalls her past: In 1915 as a young woman, Gertrude leaves her mother's home in Bermondsey and goes to Brixton to join her father, Arthur, and his partner Rose, who are performing at a seedy music hall. Deciding that she also wants a career on the stage, Gertrude eventually lands a chorus job in London in an André Charlot revue. There her deliberate attempts to steal the limelight nearly lose her the job, but the company's stage manager, Jack Roper, intervenes. Gertrude marries Jack, but his idea of marriage conflicts with her professional ambitions, and they divorce shortly after the birth of their daughter, Pamela. Helped by childhood friend and confidant Noel Coward, Gertrude stars in Charlot's first New York revue and receives instant acclaim. Each success makes it more difficult for her to choose among her suitors, however, and she juggles diplomat Sir Anthony Spencer, American actor Charles Fraser, and New York stockbroker Ben Mitchell, without committing herself to any of them. Similarly, her preoccupation with her career has also led to estrangement from her rapidly-maturing daughter, Pamela. Eventually, Gertrude's increasingly extravagant lifestyle leads her to bankruptcy, and she collapses from overworking to pay off her sizable debts. Following an enormous success with Noel Coward in his Tonight at 8:30 , Gertrude goes on to do her first dramatic role in Susan and God . After a long run, Gertrude ... +


In the early 1940's Gertrude Lawrence, while starring in the Broadway musical Lady in the Dark , watches a newsreel summary of her career and recalls her past: In 1915 as a young woman, Gertrude leaves her mother's home in Bermondsey and goes to Brixton to join her father, Arthur, and his partner Rose, who are performing at a seedy music hall. Deciding that she also wants a career on the stage, Gertrude eventually lands a chorus job in London in an André Charlot revue. There her deliberate attempts to steal the limelight nearly lose her the job, but the company's stage manager, Jack Roper, intervenes. Gertrude marries Jack, but his idea of marriage conflicts with her professional ambitions, and they divorce shortly after the birth of their daughter, Pamela. Helped by childhood friend and confidant Noel Coward, Gertrude stars in Charlot's first New York revue and receives instant acclaim. Each success makes it more difficult for her to choose among her suitors, however, and she juggles diplomat Sir Anthony Spencer, American actor Charles Fraser, and New York stockbroker Ben Mitchell, without committing herself to any of them. Similarly, her preoccupation with her career has also led to estrangement from her rapidly-maturing daughter, Pamela. Eventually, Gertrude's increasingly extravagant lifestyle leads her to bankruptcy, and she collapses from overworking to pay off her sizable debts. Following an enormous success with Noel Coward in his Tonight at 8:30 , Gertrude goes on to do her first dramatic role in Susan and God . After a long run, Gertrude sees Richard Aldrich, a New England banker whom she had met earlier while playing Private Lives in London. Though initially hostile toward him, Gertrude agrees to appear in Skylark at Aldrich's Cape Cod playhouse; and after scoring a personal triumph in Lady in the Dark Gertrude marries Aldrich. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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