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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.

Director:

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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Hear the stars sing 'em and the boys cheer 'em! 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

Nell Wayne: Dad?
Bob Wayne: Yes?
Nell Wayne: Dad, am I a phony?
Bob Wayne: Well, I never thought so. But I could be prejudiced.
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Connections

References White Heat (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
(uncredited)
Music by Sam H. Stept
Played during the photograph and card game sequence
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Similar to Stage Door Canteen
5 February 2018 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

Similar to Stage Door Canteen, Starlift brings together a star-studded cast to put on a glorified variety show for America's troops. Everyone plays themselves, with the exception of Dick Wesson, Ron Hagerthy, and Richard Webb, the three symbolic American soldiers.

These movies are pretty much like-or-lump movies. Some people enjoy the "variety show" format because they get to watch their favorite stars without having to pay attention to a story. Some people don't like them, because the songs aren't usually of the best quality and the story is as thin as tissue paper. If you're on the fence about seeing it, watch the trailer. It pretty much shows you what to expect. If you do watch it, you'll get to see Virginia Mayo dance in a sarong, Doris Day sing Gershwin and Porter tunes, Gene Nelson dance to Doris's theme song "It's Magic", James Cagney and Gary Cooper giving impressions of themselves, as well as cameos and songs by Jane Wyman, Randolph Scott, Patrice Wymore, Frank Lovejoy, Phil Harris, Ruth Roman, Virginia Gibson, Lucille Norman, and Louella Parsons.


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