The Star


(out of 5)

Times were obviously getting tough for  following her coup in All About Eve. One of the best roles she played before Whatever Happened To Baby Jane ten years later was in this forgettable soap opera about (you guessed it!) an ageing star who is having trouble getting work in Hollywood. There’s nothing to recommend it except that Davis gives a fantastic, fully charged, guns loaded performance in the lead: who else can grab an Academy Award statuette and scream out ‘Come on, Oscar! Let’s you and me go get drunk!’ and make it memorable (and kitschy in a memorable way)? Look for a very young  as her daughter.

USA, 1952

Directed by

Screenplay by ,

Cinematography by

Produced by Bert E. Friedlob

Music by Victor Young

Production Design by Boris Leven

Costume Design by Orry-Kelly, Ann Peck

Film Editing by Otto Ludwig

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Academy Award Nomination
Best Actress (Bette Davis as “Margaret Elliot”)