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Make Me a Star (1932)

Merton Gill is longing to become a cowboy actor and leaves his hometown to try his luck in Hollywood, but there his acting ability is regarded as non-existent. Actress Flips gives him a ... See full summary »

Director:

William Beaudine

Writers:

Sam Mintz (screen play), Walter DeLeon (screen play) (as Walter De Leon) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Blondell ... 'Flips' Montague
Stuart Erwin ... Merton Gill
Zasu Pitts ... Mrs. Scudder (as ZaSu Pitts)
Ben Turpin ... Ben Turpin
Charles Sellon ... Mr. Gashwiler
Florence Roberts ... Mrs. Gashwiler
Helen Jerome Eddy ... Tessie Kearns
Arthur Hoyt ... Hardy Powell
George Templeton George Templeton ... Buck Benson (as Dink Templeton)
Ruth Donnelly ... The Countess
Sam Hardy ... Jeff Baird
Oscar Apfel ... Henshaw
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Storyline

Merton Gill is longing to become a cowboy actor and leaves his hometown to try his luck in Hollywood, but there his acting ability is regarded as non-existent. Actress Flips gives him a chance in a bit part, but he fails in that; however, the way he fails makes her think that he could be a good comedian. She persuades the studio to put him in a western parody, not telling him what they're really planning, because they know that he does not like comedies. Rather than ending tragic-comically, the movie becomes a brilliant coda to art and its servants, the artists, in this case the magniloquent Joan Blondell and Stuart Erwin. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Taglines:

HOLLYYWOOD BEHIND THE SCENES! (original print ad-all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gates of Hollywood See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The play, "Merton of the Movies" upon which this film is based, opened on Broadway at the Cort Theatre, 138 W. 48th St., on November 13, 1922 and ran for 392 performances until October 20, 1923. See more »

Goofs

When Flips takes Merton to breakfast, the waitress sets a glass of orange juice down on his left, but in the next shot it is on his right. See more »

Quotes

Merton Gill: Do taxi cabs charge for just standing still?
'Flips' Montague: Yes, why?
Merton Gill: Well, it's worth it.
[Buries his head in her chest]
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Connections

Version of Merton of the Movies (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

California, Here I Come
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by Joseph Meyer
Played during the opening and end credits
Played when Merton takes the train to Hollywood
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A lovely movie
27 September 2003 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

This movie is indescribably touching. Stuart Erwin is poignant as the naif who comes to Hollwywood to be a star; but he never overdoes it. Joan Blondell, always a reat, is at her absolute best here, as a girl who's been around but is touched by his innocent.

This movie is indescribably touching. Stuart Erwin is poignant as the naif who comes to Hollywood to be a star; but he never overdoes it. Joan Blondell, always a treat, is at her absolute best here, as a girl who's been around but is touched by his innocent.

The character roles are well cast. The writing carries impeccable names as its creators.

When it becomes comic, even though we are sad for Erwin's character because he is being goofed on, the scenes are absolutely hilarious. The shot of him riding a horse on a tightrope alone is worth watching over and over.

Preston Sturges mixed comedy and seriousness in the later, far better known (and wonderful) "Sullivan's Travels." That is a great movie. Perhaps, as this was made early in the days of talking pictures, it isn't great -- though so was "Scarface," and that I would call great.

Regardless, it is a beautiful movie, to be cherished and shared and watched over and over.


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