The Star Maker


1h 34m 1939

Film Details

Release Date
Aug 25, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 34m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8,448ft (10 reels)

Synopsis

Larry Earl, a penniless songwriter possessed of a flaming ambition but an impractical approach to success, convinces the very practical Mary to become his wife. A year and a half later, the couple are still in love but still broke. Larry, seeking yet another job, stops to watch a group of newsboys dancing and singing and decides to organize the boys into an act. When no manager will audition Larry and his boys, Mary approaches Mr. Proctor, a big theatrical manager, and persuades him to give the act a tryout. When the act becomes a success, Larry organizes more child acts and begins sending them across country. To publicize the acts, he hires "Speed" King, and the two conceive of a talent train to travel cross country auditioning youngsters. Soon after, back in New York, Carlotta Salvini, a snobbish, retired opera singer, brings her talented young daughter, Jane Gray, to audition for Larry. Larry is impressed, and after getting rid of Carlotta by sending her on tour, he decides to build Broadway's first "all kiddie" musical around the girl. On opening night, however, the Children's Welfare Society closes the show because of a new law forbidding children to work past ten at night. Because of the law, Larry must withdraw his acts everywhere, and although Jane is still under exclusive contract to him, Larry arranges for her to perform with Walter Damrosch and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. Just when Larry's career appears to be at its end, he learns about a new gadget called the crystal radio and envisions a future with his child acts broadcasting over the air waves. Five years later, Larry is once again on top of the entertainment world and buys the International Broadcasting Company.

Cast

Bing Crosby

Larry Earl

Louise Campbell

Mary

Linda Ware

Jane Gray

Ned Sparks

"Speed" King

Walter Damrosch

Himself

Laura Hope Crews

Carlotta Salvini

Thurston Hall

Mr. Proctor

Clara Blandick Gallaudet

Miss Esther Jones John Duke

Ben Weldon

Joe Gimlick

Janet Waldo

Stella

Paul Stanton

Mr. Coyle

Billy Gilbert

Steel worker

Oscar O'shea

Mr. Flannigan

Emory Parnell

Mr. Olson

Dorothy Vaughan

Mrs. Riley

Bodil Rosing

Mrs. Swanson

Morgan Wallace

Lou Morris

Richard Denning

Assistant dance director

Joseph Crehan

Old gentleman

Ethel Griffies

Voice teacher

Frank Faylen

First reporter

Grace Hayle

Rural mother

Johnny Morris

Newsboy

Selmer Jackson

Doctor

Siegfried Arno

Ballet master

Ralph Faulkner

Fencing master

Earle Dwire

Mac, the accountant

Harry Bradley

Conductor

Wally Maher

Reporter

George Eldredge

Reporter

Stanley Price

Reporter

George Guhl

Piano mover

Jim Dundee

Second piano mover

Max Wagner

Third piano mover

Ralph Sanford

Uniformed doorman

"a. S. ""pop"" Byron "

Stage doorman

Daisy Bufford

Black maid

Alex Fox

Photographer

Fritzi Brunette

Mother Marilyn Kay

Frances Raymond

Kenneth Wilson

Ken

Billy Simms

Spike

Donald Brenon

Judge

Danny Daniels

Blackie

Don Hulbert

Duck

Darryl Hickman

Boots

Dante Di Paolo

Turkey

Patsy Mc Cartney

Patsy

John Andrews

Andy

Gloria Atherton

Curly

Dorothy Babb

Dottie

Tommy Batten

Bats

Mary Ellen Bergren

Ivories

Gene Collins

Dummy

Eugene Eberle

Whitey

Dolores Diannie

Rusty

Larry Foschee

Mickey

Roland Dupree

Frenchy

Joe Geil

Red

Richard Humphreys

Chicago

Jackie Mcgee

Lucky

Joyce Arleen

Toots

Marilyn Marlin

Ginger

Patsy Lee Parsons

Cookie

Jean Ruth

Butch

Leon Tyler

Big Ears

Howard Smiley

Skipper

Marilyn Kay

Cutey

Jacqueline Ossko

Penny

Ed Stanley

Ottola Nesmith

Jack Pennick

George Pearce

Doro Merande

Film Details

Release Date
Aug 25, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 34m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8,448ft (10 reels)

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

A news item in Hollywood Reporter notes that David Butler was slated to direct this film, but withdrew because of a previous commitment to direct East Side of Heaven. Another item in Hollywood Reporter adds that Arthur Caesar appealed to Screen Playwrights, Inc. for writing credit on the film because his original idea and some dialogue had been retained in the completed script. Caesar did receive onscreen credit for both screenwriting and story. Walter DeLeon, who also contributed to the script, waived his claim, however,. According to the Variety review, this film was inspired by the career of Gus Edwards, a vaudeville impressario who worked with children. Walter Damrosch was the conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and made his acting debut in this picture. The picture also marked Linda Ware's screen debut.