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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Larry Earl
... Mary
Linda Ware ... Jane Gray
... 'Speed' King
... Carlotta Salvini
... Stella
... Walter Damrosch
... Mr. Proctor
... Miss Esther Jones
... Mr. Flannigan
... Duke
... Joe Gimlick
... Mr. Olson
... Mrs. Riley
... Mrs. Swanson


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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LINDA WARE,,,Hollywood's youngest child singing star and 99 kids stars of tomorrow(original ad) See more »


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Release Date:

25 August 1939 (USA)  »

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Berço de Estrelas  »

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Sound Mix:

(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 »


By the Light of the Silvery Moon
Music by Gus Edwards
Lyrics by Edward Madden
Performed by orchestra
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Ned Sparks and Children make this Bing Crosby musical
27 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

Bing Crosby is Larry Earl -- actually a thinly disguised Gus Edwards, song writer, vaudeville star and producer of dozens of kiddie shows on the vaudeville circuit, ending a major star of 1930s radio. Like many a movie of this sort, it is a story of a rocky start, and then triumph after triumph, interspersed with musical numbers, most of which had their scores composed by Mr. Edwards.

It's very enjoyable for the music as Bing, loyal wife Louise Campbell and kid-hating publicity man Ned Sparks discover hundreds of talented young singers, dancers and young comics. Chief among them is 14-year-old Linda Ware, whom Paramount was clearly positioning to be their answer to Deanna Durbin and Judy Garland; she sings swing and classical music and winds up debuting for Walter Damrosch and his symphony orchestra.

Like many a movie of this type, it has only a hazy connection with any real time line. Everything seems to happen in a world that combines elements of the Mauve Decade with the 1920s and even 1930s, as the Child Welfare people shut down the kiddie shows across the nation on the same evening that Bing discovers radio and foresees its endless possibilities -- and a triumphant finale for him.

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