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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)

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Gail Patrick ...
Linda Shaw
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Miss Luther
Andrea Leeds ...
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Henry Sims
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Judith
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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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The gaiety...glamour...foolishness and fun of showbusiness...played on the Great White Way See more »

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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

When Katharine Hepburn delivered her climactic stage speech, Gregory La Cava reduced it to only ten lines and filmed it on a closed set. He later brought the actors and the extras in the audience and had them react to the filmed speech. Many of them broke down. 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: When I get back to my room, you're the only thing I want to find missing.
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Connections

Featured in Katharine Hepburn: All About Me (1993) See more »

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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One of the best examples of Hollywood's Golden Age
22 March 2001 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

I don't quite know how to put my passion for this film into words. It's something I never expected. I taped it off of television because I've been on a Ginger Rogers kick lately (I think I'm in love with her), and very luckily experienced something of enormous quality.

There is not a regular plot. Unlike most classical cinema, the goal towards which the film is striving is quite tenuous. Basically, the goal is for Katherine Hepburn to get a part in a play and give a good performance, but it is never stressed. Instead, what we get is more of an ensemble piece. There are characters who are more central than others, but we get to know well a great number of characters. And we live with them, experience their dreams, hardships, and successes, falling more and more deeply in love with them every minute, caring about them as we would dear friends or siblings.

It is most often referred to as a comedy, and the dialogue tends to be hilarious (Ginger Rogers is in full form here, wisecracking at the speed of light), but the film's drama is very affecting, too. This film's ending is so beautiful, and like all great films, we're reluctant to say goodbye to the characters. Fortunately, since I have it on tape, I can visit the boarding house any time I want. Unfortunately, since this film is neither on VHS nor DVD, you probably cannot. Watch for it on AMC or TCM or other stations that play classic films. You will not be disappointed. 10/10


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