Tell It to a Star

Tell It to a Star is a 1945 American musical film directed by Frank McDonald, written by John K. Butler, and starring Ruth Terry, Robert Livingston, Alan Mowbray, Franklin Pangborn, Isabel Randolph and Eddie Marr. It was released on August 16, 1945, by Republic Pictures.[1][2][3]

Tell It to a Star
Theatrical release poster
Directed byFrank McDonald
Produced byWalter H. Goetz
Screenplay byJohn K. Butler
Story byGerald Drayson Adams
John W. Krafft
StarringRuth Terry
Robert Livingston
Alan Mowbray
Franklin Pangborn
Isabel Randolph
Eddie Marr
Music byJoseph Dubin
CinematographyErnest Miller
Edited byArthur Roberts
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date
  • August 16, 1945 (1945-08-16)
Running time
67 minutes
CountryUnited States


Carol Lambert is a cigarette girl in a posh Florida hotel. A note is delivered to the resort's bandleader, Gene Ritchie, requesting that Carol get a chance to sing. Gene already has a singer, Mona St. Clair, so the note causes resentment and Carol is fired.

Mrs. Whitmore, the hotel's owner, likes Carol and rehires her. Meantime, a con artist who calls himself "Colonel" Morgan turns up and, with partner Billy, begins scamming the hotel's guests. An embarrassed Carol tries to cover for him.

Morgan uses his charms to persuade Mrs. Whitmore to let Carol sing. She's a great success, but when an irate Mona reveals that Morgan's a con man who has even promised to deliver a new benefactor for the band, the musicians walk out. Carol arranges an all-female band for Gene and it's a hit. She and Gene hit it off, too.



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  2. Sandra Brennan. "Tell It to a Star (1945) - Frank McDonald | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related". AllMovie. Retrieved 2015-11-15.
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