A Star Is Born
A Star Is Born (1937)

A Star is Born came into being when producer David O. Selznick decided to tell a "true behind-the-scenes" story of Hollywood. The truth, of course, was filtered a bit for box-office purposes, although Selznick and an army of… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 20, 1937
DVD Release Date: November 16, 2004
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Emanuel Levy

Starring Janet Gaynor and Frederic March in Oscar-nominated roles, this first version of the famous Hollywood story was directed by William Wellman; it was remade in 1954 with Judy Garland, and in 1976 with Barbra Streisand.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Judy Garland, for all her personal problems, shows on the screen why she's a star.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

William A. Wellman's original 1937 A Star Is Born is the essential Hollywood cautionary tale.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
The original. 1937. Typical of Hollywood, it's slick and flush with warnings of the dangers and lies of Hollywood while at the same time glamorizing… More
John Ballantine
This oft repeated film started off here with all the guts and determination of a woman who must make it in Hollywood. This remakes the best version.
Aj V
This is one of the original "young girl goes to Hollywood to become famous" movies. It's a little too optimistic, by our cynical POV today, yet… More
Alec Barniskis
The satire is pretty light, but you really wouldn't expect a hard hitting take-down of Hollywood from a Selznick production. Compared with the two remakes… More
jay nixon
The Judy version is the best but this is an enjoyable film with fine performances.