Make Me a Star (film)

Make Me a Star is a 1932 American pre-Code romantic comedy film directed by William Beaudine and starring Joan Blondell, Stuart Erwin and ZaSu Pitts. The film is a remake of the 1924 silent film Merton of the Movies,[1] , based upon the 1922 novel of that name, and the 1923 play adapted from the novel by George S. Kaufman, and Marc Connelly. It was remade again in 1947.

Make Me a Star
Directed byWilliam Beaudine
Produced byB.P. Schulberg(uncredited)
Screenplay bySam Mintz
Walter Deleon
Arthur Kober
Based onMerton of the Movies
1922 novel & play
by Harry Leon Wilson
George S. Kaufman (play)
Marc Connelly (play)
Moss Hart (play)
StarringJoan Blondell
Stuart Erwin
ZaSu Pitts
Ben Turpin
Music byJohn Leipold
CinematographyAllen G. Siegler
Edited byEdward Dmytryk
LeRoy Stone
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • July 1, 1932 (1932-07-01) (US)
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited States


A small-town delivery boy Merton Gill (Stuart Erwin) arrives in Hollywood, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and complete with a diploma from the National Correspondence Academy of Acting. Crashing the gates of Majestic Pictures Merton manages to fumble his one line bit in the latest Buck Benson (George Templeton) western and is fired on the spot.[2]


Cameo appearances (as themselves)



  1. Marshall, p. 153
  2. Make Me a Star: Details,; accessed September 23, 2015.


  • Marshall, Wendy L. (2005) William Beaudine: From Silents to Television. Scarecrow Press.
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