Starlift (1951)

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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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  • Doris Day and Gordon MacRae in Starlift (1951)
  • Doris Day, Virginia Gibson, Ron Hagerthy, Ruth Roman, Hayden Rorke, Richard Webb, and Dick Wesson in Starlift (1951)
  • Doris Day in It's a Great Feeling (1949)
  • James Cagney, Gary Cooper, Doris Day, Randolph Scott, Virginia Gibson, Ron Hagerthy, Phil Harris, Frank Lovejoy, Gordon MacRae, Virginia Mayo, Gene Nelson, Lucille Norman, Louella Parsons, Ruth Roman, Janice Rule, Dick Wesson, Jane Wyman, and Patrice Wymore in Starlift (1951)
  • James Cagney, Doris Day, Ron Hagerthy, Ruth Roman, and Dick Wesson in Starlift (1951)
  • (l to r) Ray Bailey, Dale Young, Tom Roddy, Willie Thomas, Nikki May, Janice Rule, Gene Nelson.

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5 April 2009 | Doylenf
| Everything about "Starlift" is old hat...poor script, bad comic elements...
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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