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Make Me a Star (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1 July 1932 (USA)
Menton 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 »

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Menton 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 planing, 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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Thousands Dream of it! Pray for it! Pay for it! But few ever achieve it!

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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1 July 1932 (USA)  »

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Gates of Hollywood  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Many top Paramount stars are seen in connection with the fictional Majestic motion picture studio, including Maurice Chevalier (outside the studio gates), Gary Cooper and Tallulah Bankhead (walking around the studio lot), and Jack Oakie, Charles Ruggles, Clive Brook, Claudette Colbert, Fredric March, and Sylvia Sidney (attending the premiere of "Wide Open Spaces"). See more »

Quotes

Himself, Gary Cooper: I got to step into wardrobe.
Herself, Tallulah Bankhead: Alright, darling, see you later.
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Version of Merton of the Movies (1924) See more »

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Round My Heart
(1932) (uncredited)
Written by Carmen Lombardo and Joe Young
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shows the system in the industry was the same seventy yrs ago
24 February 2000 | by (Miami, Florida) – See all my reviews

Having done the 'starving actor thing" in LA for several years, I fell in love with this movie late one night on Turner Classics. It has some great scenes of the naive midwestern dude learning how to act and get in the business. And it doesn't necessarily have a happy ending, which I loved. Does he stay and starve, does he go back home, does he make it? The casting scenes are great and Joan Blondell does a great job as the sympathetic inside woman. Accurate, tongue in cheek portrait of the business that still stands.


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