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Howard J. Green (screen play)
Zoe Akins (from the play by)
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Release Date:
18 August 1933 (USA) See more »
She'll give you the heart thrill of your life ! See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Another Delicious "Star is Born" Film See more (37 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Katharine Hepburn ... Eva Lovelace

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Joseph Sheridan

Adolphe Menjou ... Louis Easton

Mary Duncan ... Rita Vernon

C. Aubrey Smith ... R. H. Hedges

Don Alvarado ... Pepi
Fred Santley ... Seymour (as Fredric Santly)

Richard Carle ... Henry Lawrence
Tyler Brooke ... Charles Van Duesen

Geneva Mitchell ... Miss Gwendolyn Hall

Helen Ware ... Miss Navarre
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adair ... Roberts (uncredited)
Ralph Bard ... Head Usher (uncredited)
Billy Bletcher ... Actor (uncredited)
Robert Bolder ... Actor (uncredited)

John Carradine ... Dream Apparition (uncredited)

Louise Carver ... Miss Waterman (uncredited)

Helene Chadwick ... Miss Murray (uncredited)
Shirley Chambers ... Woman at Party (uncredited)
Helen Collins ... Minor Role (uncredited)
D'Arcy Corrigan ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Nathan Curry ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Harry D'Arcy ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ... Miss Tracy (uncredited)
Joan Dix ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Florence Dudley ... Minor Role (uncredited)
James Duffy ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bill Fisher ... Grip (uncredited)
Carter Gibson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
John Gough ... Actor (uncredited)
Carlton Griffin ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Charlie Hall ... Actor (uncredited)
Theresa Harris ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Althea Henley ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Lloyd Ingraham ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Leroy Johnson ... Theatre Janitor (uncredited)
Julanne Johnston ... Minor Role (uncredited)
John Kelly ... Prop Man (uncredited)
Winifred Landis ... Dowager (uncredited)

Pat O'Malley ... Actor (uncredited)

George Periolat ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Arthur Rankin ... Frank (uncredited)
Frances Raymond ... Dowager (uncredited)
Sana Rayya ... Emma (uncredited)
Harrington Reynolds ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jack Rice ... Newspaperman (uncredited)

Vera Steadman ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Al Stewart ... Actor (uncredited)
Ray Stewart ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Jerome Storm ... Actor (uncredited)
Edward Thomas ... Ticket Taker (uncredited)

Max Wagner ... Smoker in Diner (uncredited)
Pauline Wagner ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Mildred Washington ... Rita Vernon's Dresser (uncredited)
Florence Wix ... Minor Role (uncredited)
William Worthington ... Banker (uncredited)
Otto Yamaoka ... Servant (uncredited)

Directed by
Lowell Sherman 
Writing credits
Howard J. Green (screen play)

Zoe Akins (from the play by)

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer
Merian C. Cooper .... executive producer
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
Cinematography by
Bert Glennon (photographed by)
Film Editing by
William Hamilton 
Set Decoration by
Ray Moyer (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... key makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
C.J. White .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Hartnett .... assistant director (uncredited)
Edward Killy .... assistant director: additional scenes (uncredited)
F. Harmon Weight .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Charles M. Kirk .... settings (as Chick Kirk)
Van Nest Polglase .... settings
Thomas Little .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Hugh McDowell Jr. .... recordist
George D. Ellis .... recordist: additional scenes (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Harry Redmond Sr. .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Burke .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Henry W. Gerrard .... photographer: additional scenes (uncredited)
Russell Metty .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ollie Sigurdson .... still photographer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Harry Hart .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Bernhard Kaun .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Murray Spivack .... music recordist (uncredited)
Other crew
Katherine Doyle .... stand-in: Katherine Hepburn (uncredited)
Carter Gibson .... stand-in: Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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74 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
Argentina:13 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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The four portraits that Eva sees in the theatre are of Maude Adams, Ethel Barrymore, Sarah Bernhardt and John Drew. Bernhardt is well-known in her own right even now. The portrait of John Drew is likely to be of John Drew Jr. (1853-1927) rather than John Drew Sr. (1827-1862) (an American actor of the early 1800s). John Drew Jr. was a renowned American actor of the late 1800s, the leading matinée idol of his time. Maude Adams (1872-1953) was one of the most popular American actresses of the 1890s and early 1900s, achieving great fame in J.M. Barrie's plays. Drew Jr. and Adams worked together for five years from 1892, achieving great success and making Adams a star. Ethel Barrymore (1879-1959), with brothers Lionel Barrymore and John Barrymore, was one of the Barrymore siblings who achieved greatness on the American stage and in films. The Barrymore siblings were the niece and nephews of John Drew Jr.See more »
Continuity: When a newspaper clipping is shown on screen, the Broadway impresario's name in the article is Lewis Easton. In the end credits, the character's name is Louis Easton.See more »
Louis Easton:What is your name?
Eva Lovelace:Eva Lovelace. Like it? I can change it if you don't.
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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Another Delicious "Star is Born" Film, 22 June 2001
Author: jacksflicks from Hollywood

Sometimes I get irritated at how narcissistic Hollywood is, even on the subject matter of its films: there's an obvious Hollywood bias in favor of stories about show business, especially show business people. It seems as if, even if the main story isn't about show business, there's inevitably a girlfriend who's a nightclub singer or someone's putting on a skit or having a talent show. However, there are some exceptions to this tiresome self-promotion. The Gaynor and Garland versions of "A Star is Born," "What Price Hollywood," "Stage Door" and "Sunset Boulevard" come to mind. Here's another film about becoming a star that I love. "Morning Glory" is about a stage-struck young girl who makes it to the top. Sound familiar? Yes, but there's a charming little variant here - she achieves her stardom with her naiveté intact. This proposition would seem hard to swallow if it weren't for the fact that the young ingenue happens to be a very young Katherine Hepburn. You don't need gauze over the lens with Hepburn before the camera. She seems to generate her own nimbus. It also helps that Adolphe Menjou is present as the worldly wise, cynical, yet in the end kind impresario.

But for me, the biggest treat is that Hepburn was directed in "Morning Glory" to her first Oscar by the great Lowell Sherman, whose untimely death deprived movie lovers of a great talent, both behind and in front of the camera. What is so eerie about Sherman is his almost autobiographical end-life in film. In "Morning Glory" he was directing a brand new star playing a brand new star. And in "What Price Hollywood," the prototype of "A Star is Born," Sherman actually played a director who discovers and develops a new star, a director who's at the end of his rope - as Sherman actually was! "What Price Hollywood" was Sherman's penultimate film - he died, worn out, two years later.

Sure, "Morning Glory" is dated to modern audiences, but even if you're unable to get over yourself and make allowances for passé cinematic styles, which are inevitable in films not far removed from the pantomime of silents, let yourself get a kick out of watching this story behind the story.

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