A strong performance by Bette Davis, in a tailor-made role, gives a lift to The Star that it might not have had otherwise.
There is a ‘tradey’ feel to the story, as befits the backstage Hollywood plot. Opening finds Davis sulking outside an auction house that is selling her last possessions to pay her creditors. A meeting there with her agent-friend (Warner Anderson) and a pitch for him to get her another picture fails. She gets drunk, is arrested and bailed out by a boating man (Sterling Hayden).
Hayden tries to get her to forget a film career and become a normal, natural woman. She tries, but fails at holding a department store job, and wangles a screen test from a kindly producer.
With most of the footage concentrating on Davis’ character, there isn’t too much for the other players to do.
1952: Nomination: Best Actress (Bette Davis)
Friedlob/20th Century-Fox. Director Stuart Heisler; Producer Bert E. Friedlob; Screenplay Katherine Albert, Dale Eunson; Camera Ernest Laszlo; Editor Otto Ludwig; Music Victor Young; Art Director Boris Levin
(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1952. Running time: 90 MIN.
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