5.8/10
177
9 user 5 critic

Stage Struck (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 12 September 1936 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Writers:

(screen play), (screen play) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Romantic antics abound among the guests at a luxury hotel, among them a stage director, an eccentric millionaire, and the daughter of a financial backer.

Director: Busby Berkeley
Stars: Dick Powell, Adolphe Menjou, Gloria Stuart
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Stage-producer J.J. Hobart, is going to put on a new show, but he doesn't know that his two partners lost the money at the stock market. Insurance salesman Rosmer Peek falls in love with ex... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Dick Powell, Joan Blondell, Glenda Farrell
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A wealthy composer rescues unemployed Broadway performers with a new play.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Warren William, Joan Blondell, Aline MacMahon
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Rare book dealers Joel and Garda take a summertime jaunt to the seashore where he becomes involved in a beauty pageant as investor and judge much to her chagrin.

Director: Busby Berkeley
Stars: Franchot Tone, Ann Sothern, Ruth Hussey
Dames (1934)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A multimillionaire decides to boycott "filthy" forms of entertainment such as Broadway shows.

Directors: Ray Enright, Busby Berkeley
Stars: Joan Blondell, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An out-of-work professor gets a break from an old college buddy to teach at an exclusive girl's school. But events conspire against him: he finds an abandoned child which he takes under his... See full summary »

Director: Busby Berkeley
Stars: Eddie Cantor, Judith Anderson, Ralph Morgan
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Judy Jones, sings with a band and also works at an aircraft plant. She takes part in a "missing heirs" radio program and is discovered to be an heiress to a fortune. But the will provides ... See full summary »

Director: Busby Berkeley
Stars: Joan Leslie, Robert Alda, Julie Bishop
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Ronny Bowers, a saxophonist in Benny Goodman's band has won a talent contest an got a ten week contract with a film studio. On his first evening he is supposed to go with the studio's star ... See full summary »

Director: Busby Berkeley
Stars: Dick Powell, Rosemary Lane, Lola Lane
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Directors: William Keighley, Busby Berkeley
Stars: Al Jolson, Sybil Jason, Beverly Roberts
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Gambling boat operator Jenny Blake throws over her gambler beau Jack Morgan in order to marry into high society.

Director: Leigh Jason
Stars: Joan Blondell, John Wayne, Philip Merivale
The Go Getter (1937)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Billy Austin served on the crew of the USN airship Macon until it crashed at sea during a storm. In the hospital, the captain has given him a watch with the motto of the crew 'It Shall Be ... See full summary »

Director: Busby Berkeley
Stars: George Brent, Anita Louise, Charles Winninger
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

It is the bottom of the depression and Sol Glass has the idea that the girls in the stenographic department should be used to entertain the clients. Seems the clients are tiring of the ... See full summary »

Directors: George Amy, Busby Berkeley
Stars: Loretta Young, Winnie Lightner, Lyle Talbot
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Peggy Revere
...
Fred Harris
...
Sid
The Yacht Club Boys ...
Singing Quartette
...
Ruth Williams
...
Gracie
...
Gilmore Frost
...
Wayne
...
Oscar Freud (as Johnnie Arthur)
...
Mrs. Randall
Thomas Pogue ...
Dr. Stanley (as Thomas Rogue)
Andrew Tombes ...
Burns Heywood
...
Toots O'Connor
Val Stanton ...
Cooper
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 September 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Caprichos de Estrela  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie box office got a big boost when Dick Powell and Joan Blondell were married shortly before its release. See more »

Quotes

Fred Harris: Sometimes the power of my own brain scares me.
See more »

Soundtracks

The Body Beautiful
Written and Performed by The Yacht Club Boys
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Powell got a singing Ruby
4 December 2004 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Stagestruck's biggest asset is the performance of Joan Blondell as the Paris Hilton heiress of the day. Blondell plays Peggy Revere which is a takeoff on Peggy Hopkins Joyce whose antics back in the 30s kept the tabloids buzzing the way the Hilton twins do today. Blondell overacts outrageously, but it's all to the good.

Warren William plays ego-maniacal producer Fred Harris which is also a takeoff of producer Jed Harris. Legend has it that Jed Harris was as full of tricks and deviltry that Warren William's character in Stagestruck is. It's very similar to the John Barrymore character in 20th Century. In fact looking at William's profile it's like looking at a poor man's Barrymore. But that is unfair because Warren William did a lot of good work on screen.

Dick Powell is the director here and he gets a couple of good songs to sing. Mostly he has to act annoyed at Blondell and falling for newcomer Jeanie Madden. Since Powell and Blondell got married right after this film, that may have been the biggest performance in the movie.

Jeanie Madden was the love interest. Ruby Keeler had departed Warner Brothers so Powell got a new Ruby, a singing Ruby. Ruby Keeler's singing voice was as flat as her dramatic delivery. Madden couldn't dance, but she sang beautifully especially in the duet with Powell, Fancy Meeting You. But her acting was as bad as Ruby's and she was gone after two more films.

There was a quartet in the film called the Yacht Club Boys and they had a couple of funny bits, especially one in Warren William's office where William plays a straight man for them (and looks like he's having a ball doing it). I suppose they were too similar in style to the Ritz Brothers over at 20th Century Fox so they were gone after this film.

It's a funny film on its own merits, but unless you know who Peggy Hopkins Joyce and Jed Harris were, a lot of the lines will be lost on you.


18 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?