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Movie Quote of the Day: May Robson in <i>A Star is Born</i> (1937)

Movie Quote of the Day: May Robson in A Star is Born (1937)


“Esther, everyone in this world who has ever dreamed about better things has been laughed at, don’t you know that? But there’s a difference between dreaming and doing. The dreamers just sit around and moon about how wonderful it would be if only things were different. And the years roll on and by and by they grow and they forget everything, even about their dreams…Oh yes, you want to be somebody, but you want it to be easy. Oh you modern girls give me a pain!…If you’ve got one drop of my blood in your veins, you won’t let Mattie or any of her kind break your heart, you’ll go right out there and break it yourself. That’s your right.”*


A Star is Born was written by what looks like a board meeting of the 1937 Screen Writers Guild (which morphed into today’s Writers Guild of America).  Probably only scholars can tell us exactly who wrote this beautiful speech that May Robson delivered so passionately.  According to IMDB, the writers of this film were:

Screen play by Dorothy Parker, Alan Campbell, and Robert Carson

From a story by William Wellman and Robert Carson

Uncredited contributing writers:

David O. Selznick; Ring Lardner, Jr.; Ben Hecht; John Lee Mahin; Budd Schulberg; Adela Rogers St. John