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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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George Randall
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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)  »

Also Known As:

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

The New Parade
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Written for the movie but not used
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"When hearts are true/ what's a thousand years or two?"
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The above is an E.Y. Harburg couplet in a nimble ballad called "Fancy Meeting You," and it distills as well as any other lyric Harburg's huge gift for hyperbolizing hoary sentiments into fresh ones. The movie could use a little more of his wit and whimsy.

It's a slightly off-key Warner Brothers musical that wants to be a screwball comedy, with director Powell fending off wacky relatives and the advances of untalented diva Blondell, while producer William employs Freudian psychology to unite the mismatched pair, while Powell pursues an on-again-off-again-on-again romance with maddeningly fresh-faced ingenue Madden. (Her flat line readings make Ruby Keeler sound like Bette Davis.) Oh, the Yacht Club Boys are in it, too, with two endless specialty numbers that may have had resonance in 1936 -- one's about income taxes, the other about physical culture -- but their forced goofiness has dated badly.

Most surprisingly, despite the Berkeley imprimatur, there are no production numbers here; Warners, one has to assume, was on a budget binge. So the saving graces are the nice Arlen/Harburg songs, and Blondell, in an uncharacteristically broad and unsympathetic role. You don't believe her for a moment, yet she's terrific, batting her eyes and flashing her teeth and cavorting like an over-the-top Carole Lombard. This lady could do anything, but she doesn't really save this all-too-middling musical.


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