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Stage Door (1937)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  8 October 1937 (USA)
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A boardinghouse full of aspiring actresses and their ambitions, dreams and disappointments.

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Anthony Powell
Gail Patrick ...
Linda Shaw
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Miss Luther
Andrea Leeds ...
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Henry Sims
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Judith
Franklin Pangborn ...
Harcourt
William Corson ...
Pierre Watkin ...
Carmichael
Grady Sutton ...
Butch
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Stage Director
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Mr. Milbanks
Phyllis Kennedy ...
Hattie
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Storyline

Terry Randall, rich society beauty, has decided to see if she can break into the Broadway theatre scene without her family connections. She goes to live in a theatrical boarding house and finds her life caught up with those of the other inmates and the ever-present disappointment that theatrical hopefuls must live with. Her smart-mouth roommate, Jean, is approached by a powerful producer for more than just a role. And Terry's father has decided to give her career the shove by backing a production for her to star in, in which she's sure to flop. But his machinations hurt more than just Terry. Written by Kathy Li

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Comedy | Drama

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Release Date:

8 October 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pension d'artistes  »

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Budget:

$952,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The screenplay was considerably altered from the hit stage play. Director Gregory La Cava was particularly gifted working with actresses. For two weeks prior to filming, he had his cast improvise in the boarding house set as if they were actually rooming together, and had a script girl take down all their interchanges. Most of the dialog you hear in the boarding house is extemporaneous ad-libs by the actresses during rehearsals. See more »

Goofs

The band at Club Grotto, where Jean and Annie perform a dance number, includes a female vocalist who can be seen singing in the background, but no vocals are heard on the soundtrack. See more »

Quotes

Jean Maitland: Do you mind if I ask a personal question?
Terry Randall: Another one?
Jean Maitland: Are these trunks full of bodies?
Terry Randall: Just those, but I don't intend to unpack them.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Operation Double 007 (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
(1893) (uncredited)
Written by Patty S. Hill and Mildred J. Hill
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Just great
25 March 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Superb comedy/drama about a theatrical boarding house and its tenants (all women) focusing primarily on Katherine Hepburn and Ginger Rogers. A once in a lifetime cast, all of them in top form. The movie moves VERY quickly with non-stop wisecracks flying across the screen and a very depressing turn at the end. Also, there's no sappy romance subplot - very unusual for a 1930s film. The interplay between Rogers and Hepburn is incredible--they're both holding their own against each other. Nominated for 7 Academy Awards (including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress--Andrea Leeds). A must-see. "The calla lillies are in bloom..."


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