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Dramatic School (1938)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 9 December 1938 (USA)
Aspiring actress Louise Muban attends the prestigious Paris School of Drama during the day and works at a dreary factory assembling gas meters at night. She daydreams and "acts" her way ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gina Bertier
Fleury (as Anthony Allan)
Madame Charlot
Georges Mounier


Aspiring actress Louise Muban attends the prestigious Paris School of Drama during the day and works at a dreary factory assembling gas meters at night. She daydreams and "acts" her way through life, and her fellow students at school begin to suspect her stories are just that - fabrications. After Louise begins to weave an actual meeting with a debonair playboy into a fantasy of club dates and romance, her co-student Nana discovers the lie when she too meets the playboy. Nana sets a trap for Louise, and the result is an end to one fantasy and the realization of another. Written by Ron Kerrigan

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Glory for one! Oblivion for thousands! This was the world she dared to conquer! See more »


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

9 December 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Coups de théâtre  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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MGM had planned for Greer Garson to make her film debut in the film, but shortly before shooting began, Garson injured her back and the role was recast with Luise Rainer. See more »


Pasquel Sr.: No, my son... they'll be no Pasquel the XVI in our family.
Pasquel Jr.: Father, please. I'll learn. I'll improve.
Pasquel Sr.: No, my boy. You can't improve. It breaks my heart, but you've no talent, and you never will have. You're not to blame; I accuse myself. Your mother was a saint, but she was the daughter of a critic. You were doomed from your birth!
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Opening card: Behind the enchantment of the footlights there is the hard reality of the long climb to success. Mere talent is not enough -- there must be, in the heart of the young player, a burning love of the stage which would sacrifice all else.

This is the story of Louise Mauban-- a dramatic student -- and her love for the theatre. See more »


(1936) (uncredited)
Written by Johnny Mercer, Phil Ohman and Macy Teetor
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Great 1938 Drama School Film
30 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

Always enjoyed the acting of Paulett Goddard who plays the role of (Nana) a young girl who is attending a Drama School in Paris, France along with Lana Turner,(Mado) who are striving to become actresses and have only one desire in their lives. Luise Reiner, (Louise Mauban) is a poor gal who attends the Dramatic School in the daytime and is forced to also work in a factory making gas meters. Louise tells her fellow classmates at the school all kinds of stories about her relationship with a rich playboy who finances plays and is a ladies man. The story gets rather interesting when Louise really gets involved with this playboy who spoils her to death with everything she wants, however, she does notice that he still has an eye for any hot chick that comes along. Great 1938 film with lots of laughs and plenty of dramatic acting. Enjoy.

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