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Stage Struck (1936)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical  |  12 September 1936 (USA)
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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 ...
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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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The movie box office got a big boost when Dick Powell and Joan Blondell were married shortly before its release. See more »

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Fred Harris: Sometimes the power of my own brain scares me.
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You're Kinda Grandish
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
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okay but not earth-shattering as '30s musicals go
18 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A mustached Dick Powell stars with Joan Blondell and Warren William in "Stage Struck," a 1936 musical that pokes fun at a couple of characters of the day. Blondell plays Peggy Revere, a wealthy woman in the news for shooting her husband. Peggy's decided that she wants to be a Broadway star and is backing a show being choreographed by George Randall (Dick Powell). Unfortunately, the two mix like oil and water and Revere demands Randall's job. And gets it. However, that show doesn't go on.

Revere then gives $50,000 to producer Fred Harris (Warren William) who has gotten Randall to sign an iron-clad contract. Now, can he keep these two from killing one another during rehearsals? Harris decides to rely on psychology and tells Revere that her hatred of Randall indicates deep love. Randall, meanwhile, has met an ingenue (Jeanne Madden) and, rather taken with her, is trying to discourage her from getting a job in the show.

Blondell is in fact doing a takeoff on the outrageous Peggy Hopkins Joyce, an heiress known for her six marriages, love affairs, million dollar shopping sprees and for being the owner of the Portugese diamond, which she sold to Harry Winston. She actually worked in the Ziegfeld Follies and Earl Carroll's Vanities. William's character is based on ruthless producer Jed Harris, the man so hated by Laurence Olivier that he modeled his Richard III after him.

The numbers by Arlen and Harburg aren't their greatest, but a standout is a quartet about taxes done by The Yacht Club Boys. Powell and Madden sing a lovely "Fancy Meeting You," and Frank McHugh replaces the female lead in the funny Lady of the Moon number.

Good fun - Dick Powell and Joan Blondell got married before the release of this film, which helped it at the box office. They stayed married for eight years, until she complained about all the guests they constantly had, at which point, he said, 'If you don't like it, you can get the hell out.' I guess I prefer to think of them as newlyweds.


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