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Director:
Writers:
Howard J. Green (screen play)
Zoe Akins (from the play by)
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Release Date:
18 August 1933 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
She'll give you the heart thrill of your life ! See more »
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Won Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
Hypnotic Hepburn See more (33 total) »

Cast

  (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
Charles M. Kirk (settings) (as Chick Kirk)
Van Nest Polglase (settings)
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
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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Runtime:
74 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Katharine Hepburn claimed that she used Ruth Gordon as the inspiration for her performance.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: Mic shadow on wall as Sheridan drags Eva out of dressing room after star quits play on opening night.See more »
Quotes:
Eva Lovelace:You're English aren't you?
Robert Harley Hedges:Yes, I am. Or, was. I've been over here a long time.
Eva Lovelace:They take me for English, sometimes, too. But, I could tell you were the real thing, right off. I mean, of course, they take me for English, at home, where they think you're either English or affected if you try to speak properly.
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Featured in Hollywood: The Great Stars (1963) (TV)See more »

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27 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Hypnotic Hepburn, 14 May 2005
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

Will a young actress manage to become a lasting stage star or is she destined to be but a MORNING GLORY which will fade with the rising sun?

A youthful Kate Hepburn is mesmerizing in one of her first starring roles at RKO. She plays an aspiring and highly idealistic actress from Franklin, Vermont who will suffer anything, in all innocence, to reach her goal of celebrity in the New York theatre. Hepburn instantly grabs the viewer's attention and sympathy, as she gabbles earnestly about the letter from Bernard Shaw she keeps under her pillow or her resolve to commit suicide on stage at the height of her fame. The viewer understands that she is one of Nature's fragile flowers and needs protection from life's cruelties. At the end of the film, in what should be her moment of triumph, we are left uneasily troubled over what will happen to her next.

Able support is given by a trio of fine male co-stars. Douglas Fairbanks Jr is the successful playwright who slowly comes to develop deep feelings for Hepburn. Adolphe Menjou plays the powerful and slightly caddish theatrical manager who takes advantage of Kate at a very vulnerable moment. Best of all, marvelous old Sir C. Aubrey Smith plays Kate's first New York friend, a gentlemanly English actor, reduced to performing small roles, who is bemused by Hepburn's zeal.

Mary Duncan scores as a selfish, manipulative stage star. Tyler Brooke, as an alcoholic author, and Richard Carle, as an important newspaper critic, have a couple of good scenes, especially when they get Kate drunk at Menjou's fancy party, thereby loosening her inhibitions and giving her the courage to very ably enact some lines by Hamlet & Juliet.

Early on, when Ms. Duncan compares Menjou & Fairbanks to 'Wheeler & Woolsey' she was referring to RKO's comedy team of Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey. Although from 1929 to 1937 they starred in a series of 22 often hilarious movies they are now, sadly, almost forgotten.

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