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The Star Maker is one of the rarest Bing Crosby movies

The Star Maker (1939). The movie is really charming. Bing works well with children. Musicals on the big screen were extremely popular during this era and Crosby became well known as a Hollywood actor as well as musical artist.

Bing starred as Larry Earl, an unsuccessful songwriter who decides to settle down with his new bride, Mary (Louise Campbell) and take a 9 to 5 job, only to realize that his true calling is show business. On his way home, he comes across some urchins singing and dancing on the streets for pennies, nickels and dimes, and decides to take these street kids to turn them into professional entertainers. I really recommend this movie if you need a fluffy movie to boost your spirits.

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Comment by Ktrek on February 1, 2018 at 4:52pm

One of the few Crosby films I have not seen. True that many of Der Bingo's films are fluff but "Going My Way" and Bells of St. Mary" show that he also had some acting chops. It's unfortunate that he didn't get as many good roles as he had the talent for but he did stay tremendously busy anyway. I probably have about 40 of his films and enjoy working through them occasionally.

Comment by Rosie Sayer on January 27, 2018 at 10:00am

Thanks for posting this, Tony! I haven't seen this movie, and I will make a point of doing so. 

I was just reading a discussion of how Bing's movies were mostly of low quality because the producers knew they only needed to have him sing a few songs, and the movie would do well at the box office. It's true that most of them are not highly regarded today, but I enjoy Bing movies. Even those with a threadbare, nonsensical plot, like Blue Skies, I put on sometimes just for the music.

This looks like a cute one!


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