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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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GREAT STARS! GREAT STORY! GREAT PICTURE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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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

In an interview in Hollywood the Golden Years: The RKO Story (1987), Katharine Hepburn relates that she was upset that she was given the diminished role of a character that she felt was pointless to the script. Hepburn asked director Gregory La Cava what was the essential point of her character. He responded "She is the human question mark." She then asked what that meant, and he replied "____ damned if I know!" See more »

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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: Hey, that's a kind of good-lookin' piece of jackrabbit you got there.
Linda Shaw: Oh, it's just a little trinket my "Aunt Susan" sent over.
Jean Maitland: Say, I think it's very unselfish of those little animals to give up their lives to keep other animals warm.
Linda Shaw: You know, they're very smart little animals. They never give up their lives for the wrong people.
Jean Maitland: Well, you understand the rodent family much better than I do.
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Soundtracks

A Sailboat in the Moonlight and You
(uncredited)
Written by John Jacob Loeb and Carmen Lombardo
Sung and played on piano by uncredited actress, Betty Jane Rhodes
Sung during Kay Hamilton's last scene
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A 70 Year Old Calla Lillie In Bloom
21 December 2007 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

In fact this film version of a stage play by Edna Ferber and George S Kaufman, directed by Gregory La Cava is 70 years old and although it may show a wrinkle here or there - like having Adolph Menjou as the romantic lead - the youthful energy in the acting and dialog has surfed the waves of time unscathed. The bunch of girls populating the Footlights lodgings is a smashing crowd. Katharine Hepburn, brisk and Hepburnish already to the hilt. Ginger Rogers drinks, scratches and dances a duet with Ann Miller. Eve Arden, as usual, delivers the best one liners and Lucille Ball seems ready for a startling career. Andrea Leeds got an Oscar nomination and Constance Collier plays an over the hill actress that becomes Hepburn's minder, just like in real life. The film moves at an incredible speed and I defy you not to tear up when Hepburn makes her entrance with the Calla Lillies in bloom.


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