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.
Norman Maine mentions the name 'Ellen Terry' to Esther Blodgett. Ellen Terry (1847-1928, created a Dame in 1925) was an English stage actress who became the leading Shakespearean actress in Britain during the late 19th century, as well as performing in plays by Ibsen, G.B. Shaw and many others. She was also the maternal aunt of actor John Gielgud, who worked with Mason in Julius Caesar (1953), his protege Sam Neill in Merlin (1998), and most notably, opposite Judy Garland's daughter Liza Minnelli in Arthur (1981).
Of course you're scared! We all are! What makes you think you wouldn't be?
The terrace outside Esther's Oleander Arms apartment overlooks the twinkling city lights far below, but her address is in the flatlands of Central Hollywood, nowhere near the hills.
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.