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Make Me a Star (1932)

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86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Merton Gill is longing to become a cowboy actor and leaves his hometown to try his luck in Hollywood, but there his acting ability is regarded as non-existent. Actress Flips gives him a chance in a bit part, but he fails in that; however, ...See moreMerton Gill is longing to become a cowboy actor and leaves his hometown to try his luck in Hollywood, but there his acting ability is regarded as non-existent. Actress Flips gives him a chance in a bit part, but he fails in that; however, the way he fails makes her think that he could be a good comedian. She persuades the studio to put him in a western parody, not telling him what they're really planning, because they know that he does not like comedies. Rather than ending tragic-comically, the movie becomes a brilliant coda to art and its servants, the artists, in this case the magniloquent Joan Blondell and Stuart Erwin. Written by Stephan Eichenberg See less
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Writers
Sam Mintz (screen play) | Walter DeLeon (screen play) (as Walter De Leon) | Arthur Kober (screen play) | Harry Leon Wilson (novel "Merton of the Movies") & 2 more
Cinematographer
Allen G. Siegler (photographed by) (as Allan Siegler)
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Updated Jun 30, 1932

Release date
Jul 1, 1932 (United States)

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39 cast members
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Joan Blondell
'Flips' Montague 'Flips' Montague   See fewer
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Stuart Erwin
Merton Gill Merton Gill   See fewer
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Zasu Pitts
Mrs. Scudder (as ZaSu Pitts) Mrs. Scudder (as ZaSu Pitts)   See fewer
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Ben Turpin
Ben Turpin Ben Turpin   See fewer
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Charles Sellon
Mr. Gashwiler Mr. Gashwiler   See fewer
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Florence Roberts
Mrs. Gashwiler Mrs. Gashwiler   See fewer
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Helen Jerome Eddy
Tessie Kearns Tessie Kearns   See fewer
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Arthur Hoyt
Hardy Powell Hardy Powell   See fewer
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George Templeton
Buck Benson (as Dink Templeton) Buck Benson (as Dink Templeton)   See fewer
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Ruth Donnelly
The Countess The Countess   See fewer
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Sam Hardy
Jeff Baird Jeff Baird   See fewer
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Oscar Apfel
Henshaw Henshaw   See fewer
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Eddie Baker
Studio Workman (uncredited) Studio Workman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tallulah Bankhead
Tallulah Bankhead (uncredited) Tallulah Bankhead (uncredited)   See fewer
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Billy Bletcher
Actor in 'Wide Open Spaces' (uncredited) Actor in 'Wide Open Spaces' (uncredited)   See fewer
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Clive Brook
Clive Brook (uncredited) Clive Brook (uncredited)   See fewer
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A.S. 'Pop' Byron
Majestic Studio Gate Guard (uncredited) Majestic Studio Gate Guard (uncredited)   See fewer
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Maurice Chevalier
Maurice Chevalier (uncredited) Maurice Chevalier (uncredited)   See fewer
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Claudette Colbert
Claudette Colbert (uncredited) Claudette Colbert (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper (uncredited) Gary Cooper (uncredited)   See fewer
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Phillips Holmes
Phillips Holmes (uncredited) Phillips Holmes (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bud Jamison
Actor in 'Wide Open Spaces' (uncredited) Actor in 'Wide Open Spaces' (uncredited)   See fewer
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Fredric March
Fredric March (uncredited) Fredric March (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jim Mason
Extra in Western Scene (uncredited) Extra in Western Scene (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank Mills
Chuck Collins (uncredited) Chuck Collins (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Oakie
Jack Oakie (uncredited) Jack Oakie (uncredited)   See fewer
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'Snub' Pollard
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Victor Potel
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'Little Billy' Rhodes
Billy Rhodes (uncredited) Billy Rhodes (uncredited)   See fewer
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Buddy Roosevelt
Cowboy in Casting Office (uncredited) Cowboy in Casting Office (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Ruggles
Charles Ruggles (uncredited) Charles Ruggles (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gertrude Short
Girl with the Pattersons (uncredited) Girl with the Pattersons (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sylvia Sidney
Sylvia Sidney (uncredited) Sylvia Sidney (uncredited)   See fewer
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Kent Taylor
Theatre Doorman Ticket Taker (uncredited) Theatre Doorman Ticket Taker (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harry Tenbrook
Bus Driver (uncredited) Bus Driver (uncredited)   See fewer
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Nick Thompson
Western Actor with Hands Tied (uncredited) Western Actor with Hands Tied (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bobby Vernon
Peewee - Baird's Assistant (uncredited) Peewee - Baird's Assistant (uncredited)   See fewer
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Polly Walters
Doris Randall (uncredited) Doris Randall (uncredited)   See fewer
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Kathrin Clare Ward
Ma Patterson (uncredited) Ma Patterson (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.5 / 10 | 359 votes