Make Me a Star (1932)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  1 July 1932 (USA)
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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 ... 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 <>

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


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

1 July 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gates of Hollywood  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

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 »


'Flips' Montague: Serves you right, you big lug!
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Version of Merton of the Movies (1924) See more »


California, Here I Come
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by Joseph Meyer
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Bless Turner Classic Movies
24 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Once again TCM comes to the rescue of a forgotten gem. I agree with the posters here who comment on the interesting mix of pathos and comedy in this film. The film is truly touching in a way that could not come across today. Why is that? I think that nowadays it is an either-or : either you are a comedy or you are going for pathos. The trick of balancing both seems to be lost.

There is additional pleasure in seeing Paramount stars of the times in walk-ons in the scenes on the lot or at the disastrous/successful preview. Look quickly and you can see Gary Cooper, Claudette Colbert, Tallulah Bankhead among others.

Joan Blondell is excellent in her specialty, playing the tough cookie with a huge sentimental streak. I found the sweetness of the comedy in the scenes back home in Simsbury absolutely refreshing. Not a touch of cynicism even though these characters are so clearly the objects of humor.

Catch this when you can. I just checked the Turner schedule for the next three months and it doesn't seem to be on.

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