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Starlift (1951)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

26 May 1952 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

La ronde des étoiles See more »

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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 [title/tt0059995/reference]. 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

Col. Callan: Girls will be girls.
Phil Harris: I know. And I wouldn't want it any other way.
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Featured in The Screen Director (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

The Army Air Corps Song
(aka "Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder") (uncredited)
Music and lyrics by Robert Crawford
Played during the opening credits
Also played at the Air Force base
Played occasionally in the score
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Doris Day oddity
6 May 2009 | by ryancmSee all my reviews

This oddity in the new DORIS DAY COLLECTION doesn't really need to be included as she is only in the film for less than 30 minutes. What she does do however, is shine when she's on screen. The near plot less movie is just an excuse to showcase some Warner contract players of the day. JANCIE RULE shows promise and it's a shame she didn't become a big star. RUTH ROMAN handles the role of the "go-getter" with aplomb. Better if this was in color. The Travis Air force base locations with some rear projection work well. What's best about the movie are some wonderful musical interludes. If you enjoyed THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS and Hollywood CANTEEN you'll like this one.


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