Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Star is Born, A
Evergreen. This song won Barbra these awards and it was her debut in song writing.
Five. The film won all five awards. They were for best picture (musical or comedy), best actor in a leading role (musical or comedy), best actress in a leading role (musical or comedy), best original film score, and best original song.
Woman in the Moon. She sings this song after John forces her on stage to take his place. This is her break-through song.
Speedway. John tours with Speedway in the beginning scenes of the film, but they eventually leave for his lack of devotion. This lack of devotion was caused by John falling in love with Esther.
"You can trash your life, but you're not going to trash mine.". She tells him this in the peak of her rage. She finally expresses to him that she does actually have confidence in herself, and doesn't need him.
All of them (He wasn't faithful, He threw his money away, He did drugs). John Norman told Esther that he drinks and throws his money away when she says she wants to marry him. Esther also catches him with another women later in the film.
John Norman. John Norman Howard was played by Kris Kristofferson. For some reason Esther feels the need to call him by his first and middle name.
Barbra Streisand . This was Barbra's 10th film. She played the "discovered" star Esther Hoffman.
hand. It's a scene on a train in winter and Esther is ordered only to show her right hand with a kerchief in it to wave to an off-screen lover, not her face. Not a great start to a career...Part 2 of the quiz to follow shortly!
nose. Starting with the nose, the three men give Esther such a horrendous makeup job that Norman laughs hysterically! Fortunately, he gives Esther a more natural job in his dressing room.
Lancaster. Norman finally locates Esther at the two-story Lancaster while she dries her hair on the roof.
Oleander Arms. Esther was dropped off there after she saved Norman's sozzled bacon at the benefit. Later, after she left, Norman remembered the hotel's name was that of a flower, and when discovering the name, snapped to the landlady, "I bet you never saw an oleander in your life!"
a bout of flu after a shoot. Norman got the flu after he got soaked while doing a pirate movie on location. Esther thought Norman stood her up, but Norman was determined to find her and set things straight.
a TV shampoo ad. Esther's always washing her hair, so naturally she lands a gig singing for a TV marionette for "Trinidad Cononut Oil Shampoo", one of the funniest bits in the film! While she's not a singing waitress, she does work as a drive-in waitress in one of the restored cut scenes. And Garland did a catoon voice-over in real life: Mewsette in the 60's cartoon "Gay Purr-ee".
wash her hair. Roll ball bearings in her hand? You knew it from Catain Queeg in Wouk's "Caine Mutiny", didn't you?
|We all know the real name of Garland's character is Esther Victoria Blodgett (she becomes Vicki Lester), but what is the real name of Norman Maine?||"A Star Is Born" (1954), Part 1
Ernest Sidney Gubbins. Morrison, of course, is John Wayne, Birnbaum is George Burns and Beedle is William Holden. Changing stars' real names to something more glamorous is nothing new (and Garland should know, she was born Frances Ethel Gumm!).
Tom Noonan. Noonan was Danny McGuire, the pianist who's against Esther's quitting the Glen Williams orchestra when she is persuaded by Norman that she's a great singer, and should try Hollywood. Later, when Esther mourns Norman's suicide and refuses to go to a benefit, Noonan rips into her for her self-pity, and harangues her that she's Norman's only legacy. A far cry from his rich wimp in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"! Levant acted in other films, Wilson is known for "Caasablanca" (and be grateful I didn't include Liberace instead of the late, great Borge!)
Richard III. Norman tipsily cries "A horse! My kingdom for a horse!" the famous line from "Richard III". A rodeo act is playing on stage after all, and Norman mounts one of the steeds. Fortunately, Garland's Esther Blodgett saves his bacon when he crashes her act. Later Norman soberly quotes "Once more, into the breach, dear friends", from "Henry V", to Esther.
Night of the Stars. An announcer at the event pompously intones "...Hollywood always takes care of its own." Yeah, right, just look what happens to Norman Maine! (James Mason, stereotyped as the elegant villian, gives a powerhouse performance as the washed-up, drunk ex-star.)
Moss Hart. Hecht, Odets and Anderson ("Tea and Sympathy") are known for other projects. Renowned playwright Hart, best known in Hollywood for scripting "Gentlemen's Agreement" and "Hans Christian Andersen", updated the original script by Robert Carson, Alan Campbell and Dorothy Parker. Hart's autobiography "Act One" is a classic.
Sid Luft, Transcona Enterprises. Producer Luft married Garland, after her first marriage to Vincente Minnelli ended. This film was the only one done by Transcona, and distributed by Warners Bros. Hughes, Hawks and British director-producer Guest ("Penny Princess") had nothing to do with it.
Grace Kelly. Kelly was awarded the Oscar for "The Country Girl", a melodrama with a similar theme as "Star": wife watches washed-up hubby become drunk. It was decidedly inferior to "Star" to boot! But today, Kelly's role is largely forgotten, while Garland and her film are regarded as classics, thanks in large part to the film's 1983 restoration. Hope you enjoyed the quizzes!
A World For Two. "Happiness Ahead" is the title of one of Esther's early films, "Cavalier" is the name of the film in "Singin' In The Rain". "Happy Endings" is the film done by Judy's daughter, Liza Minelli, in Scorsese's "New York, New York", patterned after the "Born In A Trunk" sequence. In the original, Frederic March's Norman gives a drunken, sour harangue of the Oscars, turning us further against him, but Mason's Norman humbly asks the producers for a job, grabbing our hearts!
|After Norman commits suicide (so Esther won't quit her career), what poet does Matt Libby quote to himself while preparing his eulogy?||"A Star Is Born" (1954), Part 2
T.S. Eliot. Perhaps Gray's line "The paths of glory lead but to the grave" (from his "Elegy") and Milton's "...sunk tho he may be to the watery floor..." (from "Lycidias") would be too pompous. Libby quote from Eliot's "The Hollow Man": "This is the way the world ends/not with a bang but a whimper". Libby was obviously letting a rare flash of sympathy for Norman show though.
race track. Smugly satisfied at Norman's dire straits, Libby, not forgetting how Norman and Esther ruined his grandiose wedding plans for them, now needles Norman further. Still resentful over having to endure Norman's drunken sprees over the years, Libby sneers about Norman's dependency on his wife. The "fight" is over in a second, as Libby knocks Norman out. This is the turning point for Norman, as he descends into total alcoholism.
Lazy Acres. The song "It's A New World" must have had particular resonance for Garland; she must have dreamt of a "new world" of her own, that the film could provide for her, one of new-found fame, perhaps free of studio pressures. Alas, it wasn't to be.
a jail. The two wed in a small jail outside Los Angeles. Ironically, Norman will wind up IN a jail for drunk driving, after his career is washed up. Agent Matt Libby (Jack Carson), furious at being double-crossed in his plans for an absurd overblown ceremony for them, vows revenge on Norman and later is delighted in Norman's downfall.
a recording studio. At first, Norman rejects Esther's love, saying he will ruin her. But later, he repents and proposes to her on the studio where she's recording "Here's What I'm Here For". Two sound technicians impishly record their conversation and Esther laughingly says, "That's too public a proposal to reject. I accept!" Another funny gem of a scene!
Pocatello, Idaho. "I was Born In A Trunk at the Princess Theatre in Pocatello, Idaho..." Leonard Gershe's song must have brought back memories of her early vaudeville days for Garland, who was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan herself. George M. Cohan was born in Providence, R.I.
an oil derrick. Esther is so scared her picture will flop she must stop someplace, perhaps to vomit in fear. When Norman asks if she's all right, she replies, "Fine. I wish I was dead." This scene is obviously designed to show the ugly underbelly of Hollywood. But Esther's debut is a smash and her career starts off with flying colors.
through his office window. Norman finally wrangles to have Niles hear Esther reprise "Man That Got Away" through his open office window. When he catches on at last, he is impressed with what he hears and will give Esther her shot. Bickford was in many a 50's film.