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Pick a Star
Film poster
Directed byEdward Sedgwick
Written byRichard Flournoy
Arthur V. Jones
Thomas J. Dugan
Produced byHal Roach
StarringRosina Lawrence
Patsy Kelly
Jack Haley
Mischa Auer
Lyda Roberti
CinematographyNorbert Brodine
Art Lloyd
Music byMarvin Hatley
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • May 21, 1937 (1937-05-21)
Running time
76 minutes
CountryUnited States

Pick a Star is a 1937 American musical comedy film starring Rosina Lawrence, Jack Haley, Patsy Kelly and Mischa Auer, directed by Edward Sedgwick, produced by Hal Roach and released through Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and filmed by Norbert Brodine. A reworking of Buster Keaton's first talkie, Free and Easy, the film is mostly remembered today for two short scenes featuring Laurel and Hardy.

The film was reissued as Movie Struck by Astor Pictures in 1954.

Lobby card for the film

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Cecelia (Rosina Lawrence) enters a talent show in Waterloo, Kansas with the promise that the winner will be given a part in a movie. Cecilia wins but never receives her prize because the organizer (Russell Hicks) has run off with the cash.

The emcee, Joe Jenkins (Jack Haley), feels partly responsible for her disappointment and promises Cecilia that he will go to Hollywood to launch her career as a movie star. He sells his garage and moves to Hollywood, but is only able to find a job bussing tables at a local nightclub. He writes to Cecilia, however, that he has become a successful entertainer.

Cecilia has in the meantime crossed paths with Latin lover movie idol Rinaldo Lopez (Mischa Auer), who arrives in Waterloo when his plane makes an emergency landing there. Two of the other passengers give their plane tickets to Cecilia and her sister Nellie (Patsy Kelly), who then accompany Rinaldo to Hollywood.

When she surprises Joe by showing up at the nightclub where he works Joe pretends that he is part of the floor show rather than just a busboy. Cecilia sees through the ruse and leaves with Rinaldo. Joe follows Cecilia as she leaves, and is hit by a studio mogul Mr. Klawheimer (Charles Halton), who gives Joe a job as a studio driver in order to avoid a lawsuit.

Meanwhile Rinaldo takes the girls to the studio to watch musical star Dagmar (Lyda Roberti) shoot an elaborate scene modeled after the extravagant numbers shot by Busby Berkeley. Nellie wanders onto the set where Laurel and Hardy are filming a scene in a Mexican barroom, directed by (James Finlayson). After watching them film a brawl, she asks the team whether they're afraid of hurting themselves. Hardy explains that the bottles they hit each other with are lightweight phonies and offer their heads in demonstration. Nellie grabs an actual liquor bottle by mistake and knocks the team out cold.

While Nellie is distracted Rinaldo invites Cecilia to his apartment. They are driven there by Joe, who sees what Rinaldo has in mind, and drives back to the studio to get Nellie after dropping Cecilia and Rinaldo off. While Joe and Nellie return, Cecilia is crying, prompting Nellie to knock Rinaldo out cold. Joe stays to revive Rinaldo when Cecilia and Nellie leave, and Rinaldo promises that he will try to get Cecilia a job in the movies.

Later Laurel and Hardy engage in a musical competition involving a trumpet and a tiny harmonica. When Hardy accidentally swallows the harmonica Laurel shows how to continue to play it by pressing the right spots on Hardy's belly.

Dagmar storms off the set in a fit of pique. A fed-up studio shoehorns Cecilia in her place and she makes good after Joe helps her overcome her stage fright during her screen test.


See also


  1. ^ "Casts of Current Pictures". Picture Play. Street & Smith Publications, Inc. XLVI (6): 60. August 1937. Retrieved 16 January 2016.

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