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Pick a Star [VHS]

3.3 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews


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  • Actors: Jack Haley, Rosina Lawrence, Patsy Kelly, Mischa Auer, Lyda Roberti
  • Directors: Edward Sedgwick
  • Writers: Tom Dugan, Arthur V. Jones, Richard Flournoy
  • Producers: Edward Sedgwick, Hal Roach
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: MGM (Warner)
  • VHS Release Date: January 27, 1993
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302641810
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,679 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: VHS Tape
This is a very entertaining little musical starring Jack Haley, Patsy Kelly, and Rosina Lawrence, with Laurel and Hardy as guest stars. Jack is trying to get Rosina a screen test in Hollywood. When Rosina mistakenly believes the screen test is arranged, she heads for California with her wisecracking sister Patsy. While Jack schemes to arrange the screen test, Rosina meets a famous romantic movie star (played by Mischa Auer), Patsy watches Laurel and Hardy film a scene, and there are several unremarkable, but peppy, musical numbers. Of course, there is a happy ending(I'm not saying what it is, but you can probably figure it out).Laurel and Hardy's two scenes are definite highlights, and Patsy Kelly is very funny throughout. Curiously, musical star Jack Haley barely sings at all!
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Pick a Star(released May/37)was a Hal Roach vehicle for his then stable of stars,among others,Rosina Lawrence,Patsy Kelly,Jack Haley,Mischa Auer and Lyda Roberti.Laurel and Hardy,though the heaviest of the heavyweights on screen,receive no opening or closing credits.Roach wanted something to really boost this film and they were "it".
The film has a rather weak premise.Rosina Lawrence is a country girl who wins a small town beauty pageant.The contest gets bilked out of the prize money and her boyfriend Haley goes to Hollywood to work as a waiter in a restaurant to earn the money to bring Lawrence there.What should happen,but a plane flying to Hollywood is forced to land near Lawrence's home town and one of the passengers gives up his two tickets for her and her sister(Kelly).On the plane with them is a Hollywood star,Auer,who shows Lawrence the town once they arrive.
Haley's gig at the restaurant comes to a crashing halt when Lawrence and her sister show up there thinking he is part of the entertainment,but isn't.Auer takes advantage and tries to seduce Lawrence at his home.Trouble is it was Haley who drove them there from the studio,at which he now works.The inevitable confrontation occurs between Haley and Auer,with the result that Lawrence gets a screen test.Lawrence,through nerves,is about to blow it until Haley comes in and calms her enough to save the day.
Of course the highlight of this entire film is Laurel and Hardy.They are seen when Lawrence and Kelly first get a tour of the studio shortly after arriving in Hollywood.Then later when Lawrence is about to get her screen test.James Finlayson is the set upon director of the Boys,with his famous squint plainly in evidence.The first time we see them,the boys are in a scene where they are feared banditos.
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Well, I bought this movie to add it to my Laurel & Hardy collection...however this is in no way a Laurel & Hardy film. They make a cameo in this movie really. The movie overall wasn't bad. It was actually a pretty decent film about a girl dying to make it in Hollywood. I wouldn't recommend this movie to a Laurel & Hardy fan but if you like old movie classics you will probably enjoy this one.
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Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy add some box-office insurance to the musical comedy "Pick a Star" (1937). Producer Hal Roach creates an agreeable showcase for the talents of Rosina Lawrence, Patsy Kelly, Jack Haley, Mischa Auer and Lyda Roberti. No hidden classic but a pleasant diversion, with guest stars Stan and Ollie contributing two memorable sequences. Edward Sedgwick later directed The Boys in MGM's lackluster "Air Raid Wardens" (1943).
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