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The Star Maker (1939)

Approved  |   |  Biography, Comedy, Music  |  25 August 1939 (USA)
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This is a film about the life of Gus Edwards, a well known vaudeville composer, entertainer, and producer.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Louise Campbell ...
Mary
Linda Ware ...
Jane Gray
Ned Sparks ...
'Speed' King
Laura Hope Crews ...
Carlotta Salvini
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Stella
Walter Damrosch ...
Walter Damrosch
Thurston Hall ...
Mr. Proctor
Clara Blandick ...
Miss Esther Jones
Oscar O'Shea ...
Mr. Flannigan
John Gallaudet ...
Duke
Ben Welden ...
Joe Gimlick
Emory Parnell ...
Mr. Olson
Dorothy Vaughan ...
Mrs. Riley
Bodil Rosing ...
Mrs. Swanson
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A penniless song writer, Larry Earl, is convinced he is going places in shown business, and convinces Mary, an assistant at an orphanage, to marry him. Fifteen months later they are still in love, but broke as Larry writes songs that won't sell and loses one job after another one. He stops to watch a group of newsboys singing and dancing, and decides to organize them into the greatest kid act to ever hit vaudeville. Mary persuades Proctor, a big theatrical manager, to book the act, and they are a big hit. Then Larry and his publicity agent, "Speed" King, launch a big publicity stunt---a talent train in which they travel across country holding auditions for young performers. Back in New York, Carlotta Salvini, an ex-OPera singer, brings in her talented fourteen-year-old-daughter, Jane, who has an amazing voice. Larry, to get the mother out of the way, offers Carlotta a forty-week vaudeville tour, and then goes to work to make a star out of Jane, by building Braodway's first all-kiddie ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Heart of Show Business - Bing's greatest, most human role as the showman who turned the kids of yesterday into the stars of today (origina ad) See more »


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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Valse des Fleurs
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Lyrics uncredited
Sung by Linda Ware
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The real story
15 October 2007 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I would suggest that anyone interested in the story of the Star Maker, read the following book:

Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams - The Early Years 1903 - 1940 by Gary Giddins

It explains why the Star Maker which WAS supposed to be about the life and career of Gus Edwards, turned into a movie that was only suggested by the life of my GREAT UNCLE! Naturally I am a bit prejudiced, but I feel that this man was such a unique entertainment personality, that for Bing Crosby to use a different name in the movie, that is Larry Earl, rather than Gus Edwards, was truly a disgrace.

He could write songs, he could sing, he could act, he could produce. And could he ever find talent........... the greatest entertainment talent this country has ever known: Cantor, Jessel, Bolger, Hildegarde, Phil Silvers, Eleanor Powell, Georgie Price, Lila Lee....................

Perhaps a better appreciation of his abilities and achievements can be seen in the MGM classic with its all-star cast, "The Hollywood Review of 1929", for which he wrote most of the score and actually appeared in the movie several times, a movie nominated for Best Picture, no less.

Gus Edwards truly did it all, and yet the one movie about him did not tell the true story. Maybe a re-make is in order.

Evan, his great nephew, NYC 10/15/07


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