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Book Title: Starlift|
Directors: Roy Del Ruth
Release Date: 1952-05-26
Runtime: 103 min
Stars: Doris Day,Gordon MacRae,Virginia Mayo
IMDb Rating: 6.1
Full movie description "Starlift":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,...
Reviews of the StarliftOnly three stars although it could have been better. Roy del Ruth directs rather badly. Everything about the film is flat in terms of cinematography, direction, script (particularly) and acting. There are some good moments warranting 3 stars though for me. I've searched for this film for decades in the UK and finally found a copy but hope rather vanished quickly. First: what's bad. Script is so weak, simply about two soldiers, one (Ron Hagerthy) who has a crush on a hometown starlet (Janice Rule) and is more or less forced into actually meeting her by his pal, played rather boorishly and at time obnoxiously by Dick Wesson. Wesson could be entertaining and quite funny at times but here he seems to be given free rein to overdo his arrogance. We are supposed to believe that three actresses played by Doris Day and Ruth Roman as themselves and Janice Rule (who is wonderful in an very early role) would be seduced by Wesson's horrible over the top personality. I suspect in reality they would have reported him for harassment. The boys con the girls into believing they are going off to fight in the Korean War (although Korea is never actually mentioned as being the war, but what else could it be in 1951)? This is to impress Rule. They are actually only going back and forth in a plane quite safe. Not much else to the story. Other things I didn't like were a cookery sketch by Tommy Noonan (trying to outdo Jerry Lewis I think) and Phil Harris. Neither drawn out scenes worked at all for me. Hated them. There are some very shaky guest star scenes of Warner top stars of the time who all look embarrassed to be there. James Cagney, Gary Cooper, Randolph Scott for example. On the plus side warranting my 3 stars: Doris Day is wonderful as always, Virginia Mayo dancing who can simply do no wrong for me, the lovely Ruth Roman helping the fly boys, Jane Wyman singing (I didn't know before she did that) and the very underrated Gene Nelson, one of the great Hollywood dancers who doesn't get enough recognition, certainly up there with Donald O'Connor if not Kelly and Astaire. My favourite star turn is again the now underrated Gordon MacRae who I've always thought was badly used by Warner Brothers, and who had to ask Jack Warner to end his contract early so that he could pursue the part of Curly in Oklahoma!, the most sensible thing he ever did. Here he sings a duet with Doris Day, does a rousing turn with the Air Force and in a much too brief duet lasting only about a minute and a half, sings 'What is this thing Called Love' with the fabulous singer and actress, but underused, Lucille Norman. There is more electricity in this short sequence than the rest of the film and indeed all those films Gordon made with Doris Day. They look like they're ready to eat each other which surprised me.
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