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Stage Struck (1936)

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Broadway dance director George Randall (Dick Powell) is stuck with staging a Broadway show starring Peggy Revere (Joan Blondell), a wealthy but untalented performer who is starring only ... See full summary »

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Peggy Revere
Warren William ...
Fred Harris
Frank McHugh ...
Sid
The Yacht Club Boys ...
Singing Quartette
Jeanne Madden ...
Ruth Williams
Carol Hughes ...
Gracie
Craig Reynolds ...
Gilmore Frost
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Wayne
Johnny Arthur ...
Oscar Freud (as Johnnie Arthur)
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Mrs. Randall
Thomas Pogue ...
Dr. Stanley (as Thomas Rogue)
Andrew Tombes ...
Burns Heywood
Lulu McConnell ...
Toots O'Connor
Val Stanton ...
Cooper
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Broadway dance director George Randall (Dick Powell) is stuck with staging a Broadway show starring Peggy Revere (Joan Blondell), a wealthy but untalented performer who is starring only because she is backing the show. Tempers flare during rehearsals, but suave producer Fred Harris (Warren William) smooths things over by pretending to each combatant that each one secretly loves the other. Trouble is, Randall really has eyes for chorus girl Ruth Williams (Jeanne Madden). On opening night, the tempestuous Peggy storms out of the production, leaving Ruth to play the lead and carry the show. Can she pull it off? Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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12 September 1936 (USA)  »

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Caprichos de Estrela  »

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Warner Bros. suspended Pat O'Brien when he rejected a role in this film. See more »

Quotes

Fred Harris: Sometimes the power of my own brain scares me.
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Soundtracks

She's in Love (Lady of the Moon Number)
(uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Sung by Frank McHugh and chorus in rehearsal
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Colorless Confection
21 November 2013 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Colorless musical that appears to strap flamboyant director Busby Berkeley into a musical strait- jacket. Surprisingly, there's no big dance numbers, overhead crane, flowering "O"s or other hallmarks of the Freudian obsessed filmmaker. Instead, there're only forgettable tunes and colorless backstage rehearsals. The multi-talented Powell sports a mustache but is otherwise wasted, while villainous Warren William gets a friendlier role, a Broadway impresario.

But what about everyone's favorite sassy dame, Blondell, whose role unfortunately sort of comes and goes. Looks to me like her part was an add-on to inject some badly needed pizazz into the feminine side. That's because poor Jeanne Madden looks lost in the aspiring ingénue role. At times, she seems almost achingly self-conscious of the camera, which I think carries over to the audience. Since her career ended soon after, I hope she found a more fitting line of work. Then there's the Yacht Club Boys, surely one of the worst novelty acts of any period to rant and somersault on the same screen.

Anyway, the plot couldn't be more familiar—the problems of putting on a big-time musical. Weirdly, we never get to see the actual show, which ordinarily would be the boffo climax. Considering the many eye-catching musicals from Warner Bros., this one looks like the least of the litter. Too bad.


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