Star Dust

Star Dust

Director: Walter Lang Cast: Linda Darnell, John Payne, Roland Young

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)

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Overview

Seventeen-year-old Linda Darnell received her first big break in the appropriately titled 20th Century Fox production Star Dust. Discovered by talent scout Thomas Brooke (Roland Young), teenager Carolyn Sayres (Darnell) is brought to Hollywood, where she is turned down for a contract because she is considered too young. Down but not out, Carolyn falls in love with studio contractee Bud Borden (John Payne), who promises to help her achieve her career goals. Teaming up with Brooke, Borden succeeds in winning a screen test for Carolyn, and the rest is gravy. As can be seen, Star Dust draws most of its inspiration from Linda Darnell's real-life rise to fame, which gives the clichéd screenplay a bit of added depth and humanity. It's also amusing to watch William Gargan, cast as studio executive Dane Wharton, perform a devastating (albeit affectionate) take-off of 20th Century Fox head man Darryl F. Zanuck, right down to DFZ's habit of swinging a polo mallet during story conferences.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/22/2014
UPC: 0024543934721
Original Release: 1940
Rating: NR
Source: Fox Mod
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:25:00
Sales rank: 11,165

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Linda Darnell Carolyn Sayres
John Payne Bud Borden
Roland Young Thomas Brooke
Charlotte Greenwood Lola Langdon
William Gargan Dane Wharton
Mary Beth Hughes June Lawrence
Donald Meek Sam Wellman
Mary Healy Mary Andrews
Harry Green Bird Man
Jessie Ralph Miss Parker
Walter Kingsford Napoleon
George Montgomery Ronnie
Robert Lowery Bell Boy
Hal K. Dawson Wellman's Assistant
Jo Gilbert Swedish Maid
Gary Breckner Announcer
Paul Hurst Lab Man
Irving Bacon Clerk
Billy Wayne Cameraman
Fern Emmett Secretary
Tom Dugan Bus Driver
Lynne Roberts Girl
Frank Coghlan Telegraph Boy
Sid Grauman Himself
Kay Griffith Stenographer
Elyse Knox Bit Girl
Mantan Moreland Waiter
Philip Morris Coach
Joan Leslie College Girl

Technical Credits
Walter Lang Director
David Buttolph Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Hoagy Carmichael Songwriter
Kenneth Earl Original Story
Robert Ellis Screenwriter
Mack Gordon Score Composer,Songwriter
Helen Logan Screenwriter
Kenneth MacGowan Producer
J. Peverell Marley Cinematographer
Robert L. Simpson Editor
Gwen Wakeling Costumes/Costume Designer
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Star Dust
1. Chapter 1 [10:00]
2. Chapter 2 [10:00]
3. Chapter 3 [9:59]
4. Chapter 4 [10:00]
5. Chapter 5 [9:59]
6. Chapter 6 [9:59]
7. Chapter 7 [10:00]
8. Chapter 8 [9:59]
9. Chapter 9 [5:25]

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