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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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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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| (TV)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lucille Ball always called this movie her big break. 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

Eve: [after a dinner where Terry Randall has evidently spoken very eloquently about Shakespeare] Well, I don't like to gossip, but that new gal seems to have an awful crush on Shakespeare!
Susan: [jokingly] I wouldn't be surprised if they get married!
Mary Lou: [with genuine naiveté] Oh, you're foolin'! Shakespeare's dead!
Susan: [Feigning surprise, playing along to entertain the others] No!
Mary Lou: Well, if he's the same one that wrote "Hamlet", he is!
Eve: [playing along, too] Never heard of it.
Mary Lou: Well, certainly you must have heard of "...
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Edited into Starring Katharine Hepburn (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Sung by the women as Judith leaves to get married
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What happened to the great movies like this one?
29 May 2000 | by (california) – See all my reviews

Something very sinister happened to movies between 1937 and the 1950s that made this kind of film impossible to make. It's a terrific example of ensemble acting, with no one taking a back seat to anyone else. Ginger Rogers is absolutely amazing, especially after seeing some of the fluffy stuff she did with Astaire. It's hard to believe this is the same actress.

The dialogue zips along with lighting speed including some great laugh-out-loud one-liners. What a wonderful script! Very much like "Grand Hotel" in its structure and shockingly adult themes.

The relationships between all the women are so complex it's hard to believe it was actually made when it was. It makes men look very bad - at best we're imbeciles, at worst, Svengalis. And it has the same kind of uneasiness and disillusionment with the theater that "Sunset Boulevard" had with the movies. I wish there were more like it.


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