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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 »
Genre:
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 »
User Reviews:
Utterly perfect example of movie entertainment, 30s style See more (74 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)

Jack Montgomery ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Gerda Mora ... Dancing Instructor (uncredited)
Philip Morris ... Announcer (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Actor in Powell's Waiting Room (uncredited)
George Nardelli ... Theater Patron (uncredited)
Edgar Norton ... Bit Role (uncredited)

Marie Osborne ... Extra (uncredited)
Bob Perry ... Baggage Man (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)
George Seaton  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Roy Webb (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Robert De Grasse (photographed by) (as Robert deGrasse)
 
Film Editing by
William Hamilton 
 
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
Carroll Clark .... associate art director
Darrell Silvera .... set dressing
 
Sound Department
John L. Cass .... recorded by
 
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:Tous publics | 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:
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:
Miscellaneous: The actress playing Mr. Powell's secretary appears to delivery her line "somebody catch her" late. The actress playing Kay did her part she acted like someone in trouble. And actually swooned. But the secretary was behind in her lines and delivered them all after Kay had already hit the floor.See more »
Quotes:
Harcourt:I hate that word "stooge," I'm retained as an *escort*.See more »
Soundtrack:
Happy Birthday to YouSee more »

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25 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Utterly perfect example of movie entertainment, 30s style, 21 February 2001
Author: bmacv from Western New York

Director Gregory LaCava apparently liked to hit the bottle and so had a spotty career, but Stage Door is his masterpiece. Not in some personal, auteurist way, but in having achieved an almost ideal example of Depression-era movie entertainment. Its venue is the Footlights Club, a theatrical boarding house near Broadway, where lamb stew and broken dreams are the nightly staples. Among the gals with stiletto tongues but hearts of gold are Lucille Ball, Eve Arden, Ann Miller, Gail Patrick and formidable Constance Collier ("Could you see an older woman in the part?"). But the movie centers on the rivalry between roommates Katherine Hepburn, as a spoiled rich kid who tries acting as a lark, and Ginger Rogers, as a plucky thespian waiting for her break. Believe it or no, those diametrical opposites (aristocratic, ethereal Kate and tough, pragmatic Ginger) work like a dream together. The script negotiates a delicate path between pathos and bathos, and somehow keeps its balance, even when one of the troupers loses her grip on reality and...Well, enough said. Best of all: this is the movie in which Hepburn gets to elocute: "The calla lilies are in bloom again...." Sheerest heaven.

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