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Star! (1968)





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Touted by 20th Century-Fox as a follow-up to their enormously successful The Sound of Music, Star! reteams that earlier film's leading lady Julie Andrews and director Robert Wise. Andrews plays legendary musical comedy star Gertrude Lawrence, while Daniel Massey appears as Lawrence's friend, co-worker and severest critic Noel Coward (Massey's real-life godfather). The film jumps back and forth in continuity at times, its transitions bridged by fabricated newsreel footage; essentially, however, William Fairchild's script traces Lawrence's progress from ambitious bit actress to the toast of London and Broadway. Her success is offset by a stormy private life, which is given some ballast when she falls in love with an American financier (Richard Crenna). The film is way too long for its own good, though the musical set pieces -- especially the Andrews-Massey duets -- are superb. Julie Andrews welcomed the chance of playing a character as far removed from her goody-two-shoes heroine in Sound of Music as possible; Gertrude Lawrence was temperamental, sarcastic, profane and at times self-destructive, and Andrews makes a meal of the role. Unfortunately, Andrews' fans, conditioned by the Fox publicity machine to expect a continuation of Sound of Music, rejected her outright in this "new" characterization. Star! was a huge box-office bomb, so much so that Fox desperately attempted a shortened re-release under a misleading new title, Those Were The Happy Times. They weren't: it remained a financial disaster, though it has developed a loyal cult following in recent years.


Julie Andrews
as Gertrude Lawrence
Daniel Massey
as Noel Coward
Richard Crenna
as Richard Aldrich
Michael Craig
as Sir Anthony Spencer
Robert Reed
as Charles Fraser
Bruce Forsyth
as Arthur Lawrence
John Collin
as Jack Roper
Alan Oppenheimer
as Andre Charlot
Richard Karlan
as David Holtzman
Lynley Laurence
as Billie Carleton
Garrett Lewis
as Jack Buchanan
Elizabeth St. Clair
as Jeannie Banks
Anthony Eisley
as Ben Mitchell
Jock Livingston
as Alexander Woollcott
Damian London
as Jerry Paul
Lester Matthews
as Lord Chamberlain
Bernard Fox
as Assistant To Lord Chamberlain
Murray Matheson
as Bankruptcy Judge
Robin Hughes
as Hyde Park Speaker
Anna Lee
as Hostess
Don Crichton
as Gertrude's `Limehouse Blues' Dance Partner
Peter Church
as Newsreel Narrator
Jan Gernat
as Stage Manager
Conrad Bain
as Salesman at Cartier's
Roy Scheider
as No credit
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Critic Reviews for Star!

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

People who like old-style musicals should get their money's worth. So should people who like Julie Andrews. But people who liked Gertrude Lawrence had better stick with their record collections and memories.

May 9, 2005 | Full Review…

While Star! betrays everything in its course, it betrays no one more than its own star, Julie Andrews.

August 11, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Star!


Julie's in fine form and some of the production numbers, especially Jenny, are eye popping but it's just too long.

jay nixon
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