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Starlift (1951)

Approved | | Musical | 26 May 1952 (Sweden)
To impress a movie star, a U.S. Air Force crewman pretends he is soon to see combat. When his lie gets out, chaos ensues.

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Roy Del Ruth

Writers:

John D. Klorer (screenplay), Karl Kamb (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Doris Day ... Doris Day
Gordon MacRae ... Gordon MacRae
Virginia Mayo ... Virginia Mayo
Gene Nelson ... Gene Nelson
Ruth Roman ... Ruth Roman
Janice Rule ... Nell Wayne
Dick Wesson ... Sgt. Mike Nolan
Ron Hagerthy ... Cpl. Rick Williams
Richard Webb ... Col. Callan
Hayden Rorke ... Chaplain
Howard St. John ... Steve Rogers
James Cagney ... James Cagney
Gary Cooper ... Gary Cooper
Virginia Gibson ... Virginia Gibson
Phil Harris ... Phil Harris
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Storyline

Air Force fliers Rick Williams and Mike Nolan attempt to meet film star Nell Wayne, with whom Rick shares a hometown but not much else. Fellow film stars Doris Day and Ruth Roman mistakenly believe Rick to be very close to Nell and arrange for him to meet her. The pair begin to form a match, especially after Nell, Doris, and Ruth arrange for Hollywood stars to perform for G.I.s in transit to and from the Korean War, at Travis Air Base. But Nell thinks Rick is getting ready to ship out to the war, when in reality, he and Mike ferry troops part of the way then return to Travis Air Base with returning soldiers. Nell is furious with Rick for letting her believe he was headed to a war zone, especially because the press has made a huge story of their romance. Meantime, a new program, Operation Starlift, has been set in place by the Air Force and the Hollywood studios, whereby stars are flown to San Francisco to perform for the outbound and inbound troops. Movie stars such as Randolph Scott,... Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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It's Here!! Warner Bros.' Star Spangled Motion Picture Marvel ! See more »

Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

26 May 1952 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Starlift See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The team of Noonan and Marshall listed in the credits was comprised of Tommy Noonan and Peter Marshall; the latter best known for his role of host to the long running television series The Hollywood Squares (Daytime) (1965). See more »

Goofs

In a shot of the troops boarding their aircraft at Travis AFB the number on its tail is 8399. When a jeep pulls up in front of supposedly the same aircraft its number (on the nose) is 2600. See more »

Quotes

Phil Harris: You got to understand those 52 little monsters. I figure a card is like a woman. You pick it up, you study it and just when you're deciding whether or not to hold it, you put it down and somebody else picks it up.
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Soundtracks

Look Out, Stranger, I'm a Texas Ranger
(uncredited)
Written by Ruby Raksin and Phil Harris
Performed by Phil Harris, Gary Cooper, Virginia Gibson and Frank Lovejoy
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Everything about "Starlift" is old hat...poor script, bad comic elements...
5 April 2009 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Except for the chance to see a handful of Warner Bros. stars still working at the Warner factory in the early '50s, STARLIFT is about as amateurish in concept and execution as any of the wartime variety shows put out by the major studios.

DORIS DAY gives some zest to a couple of songs and GORDON MacRAE does nicely by a couple of tunes and RUTH ROMAN plays herself with assurance. GENE NELSON and JANICE RULE make an attractive duo in a dance number. But the comic elements handled by DICK WESSON and RON HAGERTHY are strictly corn of the highest order. Wesson is obnoxious as the pushy pal of Hagerthy. The romance between Hagerthy and Janie Rule is artificial and completely sappy.

JAMES CAGNEY breezes by for a few fleeting moments but most of the "guest stars" are totally wasted in forgettable bits. The VIRGINIA MAYO South Seas island dance routine comes much too late in the film to salvage anything. By that time, it was obvious the film was on shaky ground from start to finish.

This is one you can easily skip without missing anything. There's virtually no real plot to talk about.


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