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Stage Door (1937)

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

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(as Gregory LaCava)

Writers:

(screen play), (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Linda Shaw
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Miss Luther
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Henry Sims
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Judith
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Harcourt
William Corson ...
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Carmichael
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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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The gaiety...glamour...foolishness and fun of showbusiness...played on the Great White Way 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

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: [to Linda Shaw as she is leaving for a dinner date] Don't chew the bones and give yourself away!
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Connections

Edited into Starring Katharine Hepburn (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
(1893) (uncredited)
Written by Patty S. Hill and Mildred J. Hill
Sung by the women for Kay's birthday party
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My brief review of the film
24 November 2005 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

A very well acted classic drama with great characters that interact realistically when together, it is also supported by some fine acting. Katharine Hepburn is very strong and natural, and Ginger Rogers matches her, playing a witty and almost cynical character very well. Gail Patrick is great too, yet Andrea Leeds was the only cast member to go on to receive an Academy Award nomination, however she is the best of the bunch, giving life to a frail and emotionally unstable aspiring actress. It is a bit overly talkative, and it has at least one too many subplots going on, however the film presents such an interesting insight into the lives of wannabee actresses that these points hardly matter. It is indeed a little difficult to distinguish each of the supporting characters as individuals, and perhaps they could done with further development, but yet this factor is very much like how all the aspiring actresses in the world are: indistinguishable, until you get to know them - and how actresses get ahead in the world is a lot of what this film is about. The final few minutes of the film could have been chopped out; otherwise this is good viewing all the way through.


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