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The Star Maker (1939)

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

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writers:

Arthur Caesar (based on a story by), William A. Pierce (based on a story by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bing Crosby ... Larry Earl
Louise Campbell ... Mary
Linda Ware Linda Ware ... Jane Gray
Ned Sparks ... 'Speed' King
Laura Hope Crews ... Carlotta Salvini
Janet Waldo ... 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 Broadway's first all-kiddie ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THE STARS OF TOMORROW TELLING THE STORY OF THE STAR OF YESTERDAY (original poster-all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Berço de Estrelas See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »

Soundtracks

The Dark Town Strutter's Ball
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Written by Shelton Brooks
Sung by Linda Ware
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You'll have to like children
22 November 2018 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

Anyone who likes movies with young discoveries will really enjoy The Star Maker, a movie about a man who attained fame and fortune by discovering children's talents. Bing Crosby takes the lead in this loose biopic of Gus Edwards, the songwriter who wrote "In My Merry Oldsmobile", "By the Light of the Silvery Moon", "School Days" and many others. Bing teams up with Ned Sparks and children all over the country show off their talents. He presents the kids on Broadway, then it starts all over again. There's very little conflict in this movie, but there are tons of songs! Newcomer opera singer Linda Ware enjoys a lot of screen time, but it's a little awkward when she and Bing talk to each other. They give each other such moony eyes, it seems like they might have been romantically involved. Then, when she calls him "uncle" and nothing's going on between them, it just feels weird.

After the sixth song, the movie gets a little long in the tooth, but those of you who like Baby June or other kid shows probably won't think so. I liked the production number "An Apple for the Teacher" which was cute and had different words than I was used to hearing on my Bing Crosby CD, but the plot really could have used a little kick. Plus, every time Ned opened his mouth and tried to be funny, I just rolled my eyes. I'm not really a fan of his deadpan monotone.


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