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Esther Blodgett is a naïve rural ingénue trying to break into the movies. While serving guests at a Hollywood party, she is discovered by alcoholic star Norman Maine who gives her a screen test, and ensnares her in the Hollywood star making machine. She foolishly weds her idol, Norman, but his star soon fades into darkness. The film captures the ruthless cynicism of the Hollywood apparatus.
Age group: NR.
Downloadable video file.
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
System requirements: OverDrive Media Console (file size: 583456KB).
Title from title screen (viewed on June 13, 2007).
Janet Gaynor, Frederic March, Adolphe Menjou, May Robson, Andy Devine, Lionel Stander.
Photographer, W. Howard Greene ; editor, James E. Newcom ; music, Max Steiner.
Based on a story by William A. Wellman and Robert Carson.
Originally produced as motion picture in 1937.
Also available as VHS.
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