Passed | | Drama, Musical, Romance
A film star helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career on a downward spiral.
Coincidentally and ironically, Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin also wrote all four songs for a competitive Paramount studio motion picture the very same year, The Country Girl (1954) --the very same film whose co-star Grace Kelly would stir such controversy when she unexpectedly was awarded the Oscar for Best Actress over Judy Garland. It was one of two Oscars "The Country Girl" won out of its seven nominations, though none of those were for its music.
Hello, everybody. This is Mrs. Norman Maine.
When Esther and Norman are in Norman's Lincoln convertible, in the closeups the seats have a blanket over the backrest, but in earlier and later shots only the car's standard upholstery is visible.
In 1983 the film was restored to 176 minutes by Ron Haver. However, although all of the original soundtrack was available, some visual footage couldn't be found: the restored version resorts to a montage of stills, dialogue and music in place of the missing scenes. Director George Cukor died the day before the opening of the restored version.