Make Me a Star: Beaudine’s Pre-Code Romantic Comedy, starring Joan Blondell, Stuart Erwin and ZaSu Pitts

William Beaudine directed Make Me a Star, a Pre-Code romantic comedy, starring Joan Blondell, Stuart Erwin and ZaSu Pitts.


The film is a remake of the 1924 silent, “Merton of the Movies,” based on 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.

Stuart Erwin plays a small-town delivery boy Merton Gill, who 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.

Joan Blondell as ‘Flips’ Montague
Stuart Erwin as Merton Gill
ZaSu Pitts as Mrs. Scudder
Ben Turpin as Ben
Charles Sellon as Mr. Gashwiler
Florence Roberts as Mrs. Gashwiler
Helen Jerome Eddy as Tessie Kearns
Arthur Hoyt as Hardy Powell
George Templeton as Buck Benson
Ruth Donnelly as The Countess
Sam Hardy as Jeff Baird
Oscar Apfel as Henshaw

Cameo appearances (as themselves)
Tallulah Bankhead
Clive Brook
Maurice Chevalier
Claudette Colbert
Gary Cooper
Phillips Holmes
Fredric March
Jack Oakie
Charles Ruggles
Sylvia Sidney