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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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(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 »

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'Flips' Montague: Look, if I get you a ticket back to Simsbury, will you go?
Merton Gill: Oh, no.
'Flips' Montague: For the love of Pete, why not?
Merton Gill: I couldn't. Not the way I feel about pictures. I mean, just think, making millions of people happy everyday, the way Buck Benson does. Even trying to do it, that's worth sacrificin' and sufferin' for it, isn't it?
'Flips' Montague: Oh, I don't know whether its blind courage or supreme dumbness. Oh, how I hate pictures.
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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 (NY, NY) – See 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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