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Stage Door
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Director:
Writers:
Morrie Ryskind (screen play) and
Anthony Veiller (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
8 October 1937 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Brilliant In Cast And Story See more »
Plot:
A boardinghouse full of aspiring actresses and their ambitions, dreams and disappointments. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 3 wins See more »
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(49 articles)
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User Reviews:
Very Enjoyable, With a Fine Cast and Many Other Strengths See more (71 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Katharine Hepburn ... Terry Randall

Ginger Rogers ... Jean Maitland

Adolphe Menjou ... Anthony Powell
Gail Patrick ... Linda Shaw

Constance Collier ... Miss Luther
Andrea Leeds ... Kay Hamilton
Samuel S. Hinds ... Henry Sims

Lucille Ball ... Judith

Franklin Pangborn ... Harcourt
William Corson ... Bill
Pierre Watkin ... Carmichael
Grady Sutton ... Butch

Frank Reicher ... Stage Director

Jack Carson ... Mr. Milbanks
Phyllis Kennedy ... Hattie

Eve Arden ... Eve

Ann Miller ... Annie
Margaret Early ... Mary Lou
Jean Rouverol ... Dizzy
Elizabeth Dunne ... Mrs. Orcutt
Norma Drury Boleslavsky ... Olga (as Norma Drury)
Betty Jane Rhodes ... Ann (as Jane Rhodes)
Peggy O'Donnell ... Susan
Jan Wiley ... Madeline (as Harriett Brandon)
Katharine Alexander ... Cast of Stage Play (as Katherine Alexander)
Ralph Forbes ... Cast of Stage Play
Mary Forbes ... Cast of Stage Play
Huntley Gordon ... Cast of Stage Play
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pamela Blake ... Actress (uncredited)
Mary Bovard ... Bobby (uncredited)
Lynton Brent ... Powell's Aide (uncredited)
D'Arcy Corrigan ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Alison Craig ... Actress (uncredited)
Laurie Douglas ... Bit Role (uncredited)

Lynn Gabriel ... Tony (uncredited)
Jack Gardner ... Script Clerk (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Dancing Instructor (uncredited)
Diana Gibson ... Actress (uncredited)
Frances Gifford ... Mary McGuire (uncredited)
Lynda Grey ... Actress (uncredited)
Ben Hendricks Jr. ... Waiter (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Vicki Joyce ... Actress (uncredited)
Julie Kingdon ... Bernice Neimeyer - Dance Instructor (uncredited)
Theodore Kosloff ... Dance Instructor (uncredited)
Ada Leonard ... Actress (uncredited)
Marie Marks ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Gerda Mora ... Dancing Instructor (uncredited)
Philip Morris ... Announcer (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Actor in Powell's Waiting Room (uncredited)
Edgar Norton ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Marie Osborne ... Extra (uncredited)
Bob Perry ... Baggage Man (uncredited)
Florence Reed ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Frances Reid ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Jack Rice ... Playwright (uncredited)
Jack Richardson ... Reporter (uncredited)
Fred Santley ... Dunkenfield (uncredited)
Mary Louise Smith ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Theater Patron (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Mary Stewart ... Dancer / Singer (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Theodore von Eltz ... Elsworth (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Baggage Man (uncredited)
Crawford Weaver ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Cynthia Westlake ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Josephine Whittell ... Miss Arden - Powell's Secretary (uncredited)

Directed by
Gregory La Cava  (as Gregory LaCava)
 
Writing credits
Morrie Ryskind (screen play) and
Anthony Veiller (screen play)

Edna Ferber (from the play by) and
George S. Kaufman (from the play by)

S.K. Lauren  contributing writer (uncredited)
William Slavens McNutt  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Roy Webb (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Robert De Grasse (photographed by) (as Robert de Grasse)
 
Film Editing by
William Hamilton (edited by)
 
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
 
Costume Design by
Muriel King (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
J.R. Crone .... production manager (uncredited)
Fred Fleck .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James H. Anderson .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Darrell Silvera .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
John L. Cass .... recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Miehle .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Claire Cramer .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Roy Webb .... musical director
 
Other crew
Nick Borgani .... stand-in: Adolphe Menjou (uncredited)
Patricia Doyle .... stand-in: Katharine Hepburn (uncredited)
S. Barret McCormick .... press representative (uncredited)
Elizabeth McGaffey .... researcher (uncredited)
Grace Moody .... stand-in: Gail Patrick (uncredited)
Marie Osborne .... stand-in: Ginger Rogers (uncredited)
Hermes Pan .... dance director (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
92 min | West Germany:83 min (TV)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1986) (1997) | USA:Approved (PCA #3486)

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Trivia:
"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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the scene between Terry and Tony Powell, where there is discussion about being 'framed', Powell is initially opposite Terry across the shelf with the photos, whereas in the next shot he has moved to being at right angles to her on her left side.See more »
Quotes:
Jean Maitland:We started off on the wrong foot. Let's stay that way.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)See more »

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20 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Very Enjoyable, With a Fine Cast and Many Other Strengths, 19 August 2004
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

With a fine cast and an interesting, worthwhile story, "Stage Door" is one of the best films of the late 1930's. It provides good comedy - at least if you can keep up with the fast-paced, many-sided dialogues - and some interesting drama in the lives of its characters. The characters are well-developed, even the minor ones, and this makes the dramatic developments that much more meaningful. The atmosphere is a convincing and very interesting look at life in the theater, neither overly glamourized nor overly sordid.

There is a great deal of talent in the cast, led by Katherine Hepburn and Ginger Rogers, whose characters clash in interesting ways. Adolphe Menjou is an ideal choice to play this kind of genial cad. Gail Patrick also is perfect as an elegant but venomous young performer. Constance Collier is amusing as the would-be mentor for the younger actresses. Andrea Leeds is very sympathetic in her role. Most of the other characters in the boarding house get only small stretches of screen time, but they all make good use of it. It's also enjoyable just to see the likes of Ann Miller, Lucille Ball, and Eve Arden in some of their earlier roles.

The cast is the most obvious of its strengths, but the writing is also quite good, and Gregory La Cava's direction is very good, maintaining a good pace without rushing anything, and keeping a good balance between the amusing and the serious sides of the story. Everything works very well, making for an enjoyable and thoughtful picture.

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