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Stuart Erwin  

 

MAKE ME A STAR

 

Paramount, 1932.  Directed by William Beaudine.  Camera:  Allen G. Siegler.  With Joan Blondell, Stuart Erwin, ZaSu Pitts, Ben Turpin, Charles Sellon, Florence Roberts, Helen Jerome Eddy, Arthur Hoyt, George Templeton, Ruth Donnelly, Sam Hardy, Oscar Apfel, Polly Walters.

Menton 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 nonexistent.  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.