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Sunset Blvd.

Year:
Duration:
110 min | Argentina:115 min | West Germany:104 min (cut version)
Genres:
Drama | Film-Noir
IMDB rate:
8.5
Director:
Billy Wilder
Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 14 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 1950-08-25
Filming Locations: Bel-Air Country Club - 10768 Bellagio Road, Los Angeles, California, USA
Earnings
Budget: $1,752,000
Gross: $5,000,000 (Worldwide) ( January 1960)
Cast
Actor
Character
William Holden
Joe Gillis
Gloria Swanson
Norma Desmond
Erich von Stroheim
Max Von Mayerling
Nancy Olson
Betty Schaefer
Fred Clark
Sheldrake
Lloyd Gough
Morino
Jack Webb
Artie Green
Franklyn Farnum
Undertaker
Larry J. Blake
1st Finance Man (as Larry Blake)
Charles Dayton
2nd Finance Man
Cecil B. DeMille
Cecil B. DeMille
Hedda Hopper
Hedda Hopper
Buster Keaton
Buster Keaton
Anna Q. Nilsson
Anna Q. Nilsson
H.B. Warner
H. B. Warner
Ray Evans
Ray Evans
Jay Livingston
Jay Livingston
Fred Aldrich
Cop Who Drags Joe's Body from Pool (uncredited)
Joel Allen
Prop Man #2 (uncredited)
Danny Borzage
Accordionist (uncredited)
Ken Christy
Homicide Captain (uncredited)
Ruth Clifford
Sheldrake's Secretary (uncredited)
John Cortay
Mac - Young Gate Guard at Paramount Studios (uncredited)
Archie R. Dalzell
Camera Operator (uncredited)
Eddie Dew
Assistant Coroner (uncredited)
Peter Drynan
Tailor (uncredited)
Julia Faye
Hisham (uncredited)
Al Ferguson
Phone Standby (uncredited)
Gerry Ganzer
Connie - Betty's Roommate (uncredited)
Kenneth Gibson
Salesman at Men's Shop (uncredited)
Joe Gray
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Sanford E. Greenwald
Newsreel Cameraman (uncredited)
Creighton Hale
Creighton Hale (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton
Grip on DeMille Set (uncredited)
James Hawley
Camera Assistant (uncredited)
Len Hendry
Police Sergeant (uncredited)
E. Mason Hopper
Doctor (uncredited)
Stan Johnson
First Assistant Director (uncredited)
Tiny Jones
Little Woman outside Paramount Gate (uncredited)
Howard Joslin
Police Lieutenant (uncredited)
Arthur Lane
Camera Operator (uncredited)
Perc Launders
Violinist at Norma's New Year's Eve Party (uncredited)
William Meader
Party Guest (uncredited)
Gertrude Messinger
Hairdresser (uncredited)
Harold Miller
Man on Golf Course (uncredited)
John 'Skins' Miller
Hog-eye - Electrician (uncredited)
Lee Miller
Dancing Party Guest / Paramount Studio Employee (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery
Prop Man #1 (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse
Gordon Cole (uncredited)
Jay Morley
Fat Man (uncredited)
Bernice Mosk
Bernice (uncredited)
Howard Negley
Police Captain (uncredited)
Ottola Nesmith
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Eva Novak
Courtier (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor
Courtier (uncredited)
Robert Emmett O'Connor
Jonesy - Older Paramount Gate Guard (uncredited)
Jack Perrin
Detective (uncredited)
Virginia L. Randolph
Courtier (uncredited)
Bill Sheehan
Second Assistant Director (uncredited)
Sidney Skolsky
Sidney Skolsky (uncredited)
Emmett Smith
Black Man (uncredited)
Roy Thompson
Rudy - Shoeshine Boy (uncredited)
Archie Twitchell
Salesman at Men's Shop (uncredited)
Yvette Vickers
Giggling Girl on Phone at Party (uncredited)
Edward Wahrman
Camera Assistant (uncredited)
Henry Wilcoxon
Actor on DeMille's 'Samson & Delilah' Set (uncredited)
Did you know?
Trivia
The film is openly referenced in _Soapdish_, The Player (1992), Gods and Monsters (1998), Mulholland Drive (2001), Inland Empire (2006) and Be Cool (2005) while the closing scene of Cecil B. DeMented (2000) is a direct parody of the final scene of the 1950 classic.
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Cecil B. DeMille features in the film on a studio set. This was the actual set of Samson and Delilah (1949) that de Mille was making at the time.
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The "Desmond mansion" was located not on Sunset Blvd, but at 3810 Wilshire on the corner of Crenshaw and Irving Blvd. It was built in 1924 by William Jenkins, at a cost of $250,000. Its second owner was Jean Paul Getty, who purchased it for his second wife. Mrs. Getty divorced her millionaire husband and received custody of the house; it was she who rented it to Paramount for the filming. The only addition was the swimming pool which wasn't equipped with means of circulating the water so was useless after filming. The pool was used in it's empty condition in the film Rebel Without a Cause in 1955. The mansion was torn down in 1957, and a 2 storey office building for Getty Oil built on the site and still stands on the spot.
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Goofs
Wallace Reid died in 1923, three years before Paramount's Marathon Street studio opened, thus he could not have had a bungalow on wheels on the lot as Max had pointed out (unless of course, he was pointing towards Sunset and Vine where Paramount had its lot at the time of Reid's death).
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The morning Joe Gillis wakes up after his first night in Norma Desmond's house, he sees all his belongings in his room over the garage. Angry, he puts on his jacket over his shirt and leaves the room. In the next shot, when he is walking down the stairs, his shirt is inside his trousers.
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When Norma Desmond drives through the Paramount gate, Jonesy, the guard who let her in, dials his phone and speaks into the phone, asking for "stage 18" before the phone's dial has even returned to zero.
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Quotes
Joe Gillis: [narrating] Well, this is where you came in, back at that pool again, the one I always wanted. It's dawn now and they must have photographed me a thousand times. Then they got a couple of pruning hooks from the garden and fished me out... ever so gently. Funny, how gentle people get with you once you're dead.
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Joe Gillis: Oh, wake up, Norma, you'd be killing yourself to an empty house. The audience left twenty years ago.
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Joe Gillis: [voice-over] The whole place seemed to have been stricken with a kind of creeping paralysis - out of beat with the rest of the world, crumbling apart in slow motion.
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Faq
Q
Does the mansion still exist?
A
No - an office building occupies the location now. It was called the Wilshire Phantom House, located at the north corner of Wilshire and Crenshaw. It was torn down in March of 1957.
Q
What is the correct title - "Blvd." or "Boulevard"?
A
The title is shown in the opening shot as "Sunset Blvd.", stenciled on the curb of the actual street (in the gutter, if you want to consider the symbolism). It is also listed as "Sunset Blvd." on its Library of Congress registration. However, it is very common to find it listed with an unabbreviated "Boulevard", and was named as such in its original trailer.The movie poster on this site shows "Boulevard" spelled out.
Q
A NOTE REGARDING SPOILERS
A
The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. It is assumed that no one who is diligently avoiding spoilers will be visiting this page in the first place.
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Photos from cast
Gertrude Astor
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