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The Star Maker (1939)





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The Star Maker is the story (with variations) of vaudeville enterpreneur Gus Edwards, here played by Bing Crosby. Determining that he can attain the uppermost showbiz rungs by spotlighting new, untried talents, Edwards rises to fame by hiring preteen boys and girls for his touring acts, the most famous of which is his "schoolroom" routine. Among Edwards' more prominent discoveries were Eddie Cantor, Georgie Jessel, Bert Wheeler, Walter Winchell and Mae Murray, none of whom are depicting in the film (though composer Walter Damrosch is portrayed "By Himself"). Paramount intended The Star Maker as a showcase for a whole new crop of "stars in the making", though the studio's own discoveries were destined for obscurity--with the exception of Janet Waldo, who in 1997 was still providing the voice of Judy Jetson for a series of TV commercials. Louise Campbell provides the nominal romantic interest as Edwards' super-supportive wife, while a welcome note of cynicism is introduced by the ineffable Ned Sparks.


Bing Crosby
as Larry Earl
Laura Hope Crewes
as Carlotta Salvini
Linda Ware
as Jane Gray
Ned Sparks
as Speed King
Thurston Hall
as Mr. Proctor
Billy Gilbert
as Steel Worker
Clara Blandick
as Miss Esther Jones
Oscar O'Shea
as Mr. Flannigan
Ben Welden
as Joe Gimlick
Emory Parnell
as Mr. Olson
Dorothy Vaughan
as Mrs. Riley
Bodil Rosing
as Mrs. Swanson
Paul Stanton
as Mr. Coyle
Morgan Wallace
as Lou Morris
Richard Denning
as Assistant Dance Director
Joseph Crehan
as Old Gentleman
Ethel Griffies
as Voice Teacher
Frank Faylen
as Reporter #1
Grace Hayle
as Rural Mother
Sig Arno
as Ballet Master
Ralph Faulkner
as Fencing Master
Wally Maher
as Reporter
Stanley Price
as Reporter
George Guhl
as Piano Mover
Jimmie Dundee
as Piano Mover #2
Max Wagner
as Piano Mover #3
Ralph Sanford
as Uniformed Doorman
A.S. Byron
as Stage Doorman
Allen Rox
as Photographer
Fritzi Brunette
as Cutie's Mother
Edwin Stanley
as Gerry Member
Ottola Nesmith
as Elderly Lady
Jack Pennick
as Prizefighter
George C. Pearce
as Gerry Society Member
Doro Merande
as Gerry Society Woman
Frances Raymond
as Gerry Society Woman
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Entertaining and pleasant. [Full review in Spanish]

May 24, 2021 | Full Review…

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