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Morrie Ryskind (screen play) and
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Release Date:
8 October 1937 (USA) See more »
Brilliant In Cast And Story See more »
A boardinghouse full of aspiring actresses and their ambitions, dreams and disappointments. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 3 wins See more »
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A 70 Year Old Calla Lillie In Bloom See more (72 total) »


  (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)
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)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
92 min | West Germany:83 min (TV)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
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)

Did You Know?

In an interview in "Hollywood the Golden Years: The RKO Story" (1987), Katharine Hepburn relates that she was upset that she was given the diminished role of a character that she felt was pointless to the script. Hepburn asked director Gregory La Cava what was the essential point of her character. He responded "She is the human question mark." She then asked what that meant, and he replied "____ damned if I know!"See more »
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 »
Terry Randall:[entering the boarding house after trying the wrong door] How many doors are there to this place?
Jean Maitland:Well, there's the trap door, the humidor, and the cuspidor. How many doors would you like?
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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A 70 Year Old Calla Lillie In Bloom, 21 December 2007
Author: M. J Arocena from New Zealand

In fact this film version of a stage play by Edna Ferber and George S Kaufman, directed by Gregory La Cava is 70 years old and although it may show a wrinkle here or there - like having Adolph Menjou as the romantic lead - the youthful energy in the acting and dialog has surfed the waves of time unscathed. The bunch of girls populating the Footlights lodgings is a smashing crowd. Katharine Hepburn, brisk and Hepburnish already to the hilt. Ginger Rogers drinks, scratches and dances a duet with Ann Miller. Eve Arden, as usual, delivers the best one liners and Lucille Ball seems ready for a startling career. Andrea Leeds got an Oscar nomination and Constance Collier plays an over the hill actress that becomes Hepburn's minder, just like in real life. The film moves at an incredible speed and I defy you not to tear up when Hepburn makes her entrance with the Calla Lillies in bloom.

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