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The Stars Are Singing

The Stars Are Singing(1953)

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Brief Synopsis

Fifteen-year-old Katri Walenska (Amma Maria Alberghetti) jumps a Polish ship, swims ashore and enters New York illegally. The United States Immigration officials are alerted---the USA still had a functioning immigration policy and department when this was filmed---and the search is on. Katri's only possessions are a ten-dollar bill and a letter to her parents' old friend, Jan Poldi (Lauritz Melchior), a former Metropolitan Opera star. She finds him in a shabby Greenwich Village apartment. His neighbors in the apartment house are three Broadway hopefuls; pop singer Terry Brennan (Rosemary Clooney), hoofer Buddy Fraser (Tom Morton) and Homer Tirdell (Bob Williams) and his talented dog Red Dust. (Pardon me, make that four Broadway hopefuls counting the dog.) When Terry hears Katri's magnificent singing voice, she scurries around New York to get her an audition and succeeds in getting her a spot on Don Wilson's televised amatuer hour. She wins the contest but unwittingly reveals her true identity as an illegal alien, which causes the arrest of Poldi, Wilson and Dave (John Archer), Terry's lawyer boyfriend. Katri faces deportation.

Cast & Crew

Norman Taurog Director
Anna Maria Alberghetti "Katri" [Walenska]
Rosemary Clooney "Terry" [Brennan]
Bob Williams Homer Tirdell
Tom Morton Buddy Fraser
Fred Clark McDougall
John Archer Dave Parish
Don Wilson Himself
Otto Waldis Capt. Goslak

Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  New York premiere: 10 Mar 1953
Release Date:  1953 Production Date:  EB
Color/B&W:  Color (Technicolor) Distributions Co:  Paramount Pictures Corp.
Sound:  Mono Production Co:  Paramount Pictures Corp.
Duration(mins):  97 or 99 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  8,915    
Duration(reels):  not available    

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  • Wonderful musical stars in ordinary musical film.

    Robert 2007-07-11

    Anyone who loved Rosemary Clooney should see her first film. I haven't seen it for 50 years, but I still recall the beauty and radiance she exhibited... MORE>