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Morning Glory (1933)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 18 August 1933 (USA)
When a naively innocent, aspiring actress arrives on the Broadway scene, she is taken under the wing of several theater veterans who mentor her to ultimate success.



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Complete credited cast:
Rita Vernon
R. H. Hedges
Fred Santley ...
Seymour (as Fredric Santly)
Henry Lawrence
Tyler Brooke ...
Charles Van Duesen
Geneva Mitchell ...
Miss Gwendolyn Hall
Miss Navarre


Eva Lovelace, would-be actress trying to crash the New York stage, is a wildly optimistic chatterbox full of theatrical mannerisms. Her looks, more than her talent, attract the interest of a paternal actor, a philandering producer, and an earnest playwright. Is she destined for stardom or the "casting couch"? Will she fade after the brief blooming of a "morning glory"? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Release Date:

18 August 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gloria de un día  »

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1.37 : 1
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Filmed in 17 days. See more »


Mic shadow on wall as Sheridan drags Eva out of dressing room after star quits play on opening night. See more »


Rita Vernon: You know, the only way to live through a party like this is to get good and tight.
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Featured in The 40th Annual Academy Awards (1968) See more »

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Katharine Hepburn's wonderful Oscar-winning performance is worth seeing.
3 January 1999 | by (Pine Grove, California) – See all my reviews

In only her third film, Katharine Hepburn gives a lovely performance as a skinny, aspiring actress coming to New York from a small Vermont town convinced she will become a star. From the opening scenes where she stares admiringly at portraits of famous actors in the theater lobby, and then nervously starts her chatterbox conversation with C. Aubrey Smith in producer Adolphe Menjou's outer office, you are compelled to root for her because of her exuberance. But the climb to stardom is not that easy, she learns, failing in a small role Menjou gives her, taking menial jobs in vaudeville to keep from starving until she can get a break. When she does get the break of a lifetime, replacing the star who quit on opening night when her financial demands were not met, Hepburn is filled with fear of failure once again.

I loved the famous scene where Hepburn gets slightly drunk at a party given by Menjou and recites the "to-be-or-not-to-be" soliloquy from Hamlet and the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet. So did the guests, who applauded, and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., who fell in love with her. The supporting cast were all excellent, but I particularly liked Helen Ware playing Hepburn's costumer, who was briefly once a famous star, but faded quickly, like a morning glory.

If you are interested in credit errors, note that Menjou's onscreen character name credit is given as "Louis Easton," but when you see it printed throughout the film it is spelled "Lewis Easton."

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