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Sunset Blvd. (4-Aug-1950)

Director: Billy Wilder

Writers: Charles Brackett; Billy Wilder; D. M. Marshman, Jr.

Music Score by: Franz Waxman

Producer: Charles Brackett

Keywords: Drama, Film Noir, Hollywood, Los Angeles

Joe Gillis, down-on-his-luck screenwriter, suffers a flat tire in front of a deteriorating mansion on Sunset Boulevard. It is owned by faded silent star Norma Desmond; she invites him to rework her version of Salome, which she intends as her comeback vehicle. Won Oscars for Best Screenplay, Best Dramatic Score and Best Set Decoration; received additional nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, Best Cinematography and Best Editing. Entered 1989 into the National Film Registry.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Fred Clark
Actor
19-Mar-1914 5-Dec-1968 A Place in the Sun
Cecil B. DeMille
Film Director
12-Aug-1881 21-Jan-1959 Pioneering film director
Ray Evans
Songwriter
4-Feb-1915 15-Feb-2007 Que Sera Sera
Lloyd Gough
Actor
21-Sep-1907 23-Jul-1984 Blacklisted character actor
William Holden
Actor
17-Apr-1918 16-Nov-1981 Stalag 17
Hedda Hopper
Actor
2-May-1885 1-Feb-1966 Queen of the Quickies
Jay Livingston
Composer
28-Mar-1915 17-Oct-2001 Que Sera Sera
Nancy Olson
Actor
14-Jul-1928   Sunset Blvd.
Erich von Stroheim
Actor
22-Sep-1885 12-May-1957 Swanson's servant in Sunset Blvd.
Gloria Swanson
Actor
27-Mar-1897 4-Apr-1983 Sunset Blvd.
H. B. Warner
Actor
26-Oct-1875 21-Dec-1958 The King of Kings
Jack Webb
Actor
2-Apr-1920 23-Dec-1982 Joe Friday in Dragnet

CAST

Starring
William Holden   ...   Joe Gillis
Gloria Swanson   ...   Norma Desmond
Erich von Stroheim   ...   Max Von Mayerling
with
Nancy Olson   ...   Betty Schaefer
Fred Clark   ...   Sheldrake
Lloyd Gough   ...   Morino
Jack Webb   ...   Artie Green
and
Cecil B. DeMille   ...   Himself
Hedda Hopper   ...   Herself
Buster Keaton   ...   Himself
Anna Q. Nilsson   ...   Herself
H. B. Warner   ...   Himself
Franklyn Farnum   ...   Undertaker
Ray Evans   ...   Himself
Jay Livingston   ...   Himself
Larry Blake   ...   1st Finance Man
Charles Dayton   ...   2nd Finance Man

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