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Pick a Star
Movie: Pick a Star(1937)[tt0029401] A Cinderella story of a young country girl who comes to Hollywood and achieves movie stardom with the help of a publicity man.
Title Pick a Star
Release Date 4 October 1937 (UK)
Runtime
Genres Comedy, Musical
Production Companies Hal Roach Studios
Patsy Kelly
Patsy Kelly...
Nellie Moore...
Jack Haley
Jack Haley...
Joe Jenkins...
Rosina Lawrence
Rosina Lawrence...
Cecilia Moore...
Mischa Auer
Mischa Auer...
Rinaldo Lopez...
Lyda Roberti
Lyda Roberti...
Dagmar...
Stan Laurel
Stan Laurel...
Stan Laurel...
Oliver Hardy
Oliver Hardy...
Oliver Hardy...
Charles Halton
Charles Halton...
Mr. Klawheimer...
Tom Dugan
Tom Dugan...
Dimitri Hogan...
Russell Hicks
Russell Hicks...
Mr. Stone...
Spencer Charters
Spencer Charters...
Judge...
Robert Gleckler
Robert Gleckler...
Head Waiter...
Joyce Compton
Joyce Compton...
Newlywed...

Reviews

rsoonsa on 22 March 2002
Director Edward Sedgwick, an old hand at visual comedy, successfully leads this Hal Roach road show which tenders a fast-moving and adroit scenario and excellent casting, employing a large number of Roach's reliable performers. Although the film was originally plotted as a vehicle for Patsy Kelly, sunny Jack Haley stars as Joe Jenkins, a young Kansan who sells his auto repair business and journeys to Hollywood, where he attempts to wangle a screen role for the girl he loves, star-struck Cecilia (Rosina Lawrence). Sedgwick, who prefers using the entire M-G-M studio as his set, does so here as Cecilia, always ready for an audition, is treated by a would-be paramour, cinema star Rinaldo Lopez (Mischa Auer), to behind-the-scenes action of, naturally, a musical comedy, featuring Broadway headliner Lyda Roberti. Laurel and Hardy provide several enjoyable interludes, including their well-known skit involving a tiny harmonica, and we watch fine turns by such as Joyce Compton, Russell Hicks and Walter Long. On balance, one must hand the bays to Mischa Auer, who clearly steals the picture as an emotional movie star, a role which he largely creates, and to the director for his clever closing homage to Busby Berkeley's filmic spectacles.

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