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The Star Maker (1939)
The real story
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