Stage Door (1937)

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


(as Gregory LaCava)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gail Patrick ...
Linda Shaw
Miss Luther
Andrea Leeds ...
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Henry Sims
William Corson ...
Pierre Watkin ...
Grady Sutton ...
Stage Director
Mr. Milbanks
Phyllis Kennedy ...


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 »


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

8 October 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pension d'artistes  »

Box Office


$952,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 20, 1939 with Ginger Rogers reprising her film role. See more »


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 »


Jean Maitland: [to Linda Shaw as she is leaving for a dinner date] Don't chew the bones and give yourself away!
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Operation Double 007 (1993) See more »


A Sailboat in the Moonlight and You
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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