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Marjorie Morningstar(1958)

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Brief Synopsis

While working as a counselor at a summer camp, college-student Marjorie Morgenstern falls for 32-year-old Noel Airman, a would-be dramatist working at a nearby summer theater. Like Marjorie, he is an upper-middle-class New York Jew (born 'Ehrman'), but has fallen away from his roots, and Marjorie's parents object among other things to his lack of a suitable profession, such as medicine or law. Noel himself warns Marjorie repeatedly that she's much too naive and conventional for him, but they nonetheless fall in love. As they pursue an on-again-off-again relationship, Marjorie completes her studies at Hunter College, and works to establish an acting career, while Noel first leaves the theater for a job with an advertising agency, but later completes a musical he'd started writing before he and Marjorie had first met. Meanwhile, their relationship deepens (though, consistent with '50s Hollywood mores, the more full-fledged sexuality in their relationship is never explicitly communicated). They plan to marry, but after the musical's critical failure on Broadway, Noel runs away. Marjorie finally tracks him down at the summer theater where they first met--and, realizing that this is probably where he belongs, finally gives up on the relationship. Helping her to move on with her life is Wally, once Noel's assistant, now a very successful Broadway playwright, and all along, Marjorie's unrequited lover. The movie ends with a clear implication Wally and Marjorie will finally be a couple.

Cast & Crew

Irving Rapper Director
Gene Kelly Noel Airman, also known as Noel Ehrman
Natalie Wood Marjorie Morningstar, also known as Marjorie Morgenstern
Claire Trevor Rose Morgenstern
Everett Sloane Arnold Morgenstern
Marty Milner Wally Wronken
Carolyn Jones Marsha Zelenko
George Tobias Mr. Greech
Martin Balsam Dr. David Harris
Jesse White Lou Michaelson
Edward Byrnes Sandy Lamm
Paul Picerni Philip Berman
Alan Reed Puddles Podell

Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  not available
Release Date:  1958 Production Date:  AFI-EB
Color/B&W:  Color (Warnercolor) Distributions Co:  Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Sound:  Mono (RCA Sound System) Production Co:  Beachwold Pictures, Inc.
Duration(mins):  123 or 125 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  11,430    
Duration(reels):  not available    

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  • Marjorie Moonbeam

    Hannah 2017-08-05

    I loved the book. I wish the film had stayed true to the book. Instead, the film gave the story a totally different ending, which changed the message of... MORE>

  • Fantastic movie

    Judy Hanson 2016-07-09

    Loved this movie and wonder if you are ever going to show it on TCM. To my knowledge it has never been shown. Please show it so all can see. MORE>

  • Marjorie Morningstar

    bonnie 2013-01-05

    one of the best movies EVER made - and I was only 11 years old when I first saw it. Needs to be shown again, again and again! MORE>