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Curtain Call (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 26 April 1940 (USA)
A naive playwright sells her awful play, "The End of Everything," to two Broadway producers who want to get even with an ungrateful star.

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A naive playwright sells her awful play, "The End of Everything," to two Broadway producers who want to get even with an ungrateful star.

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Candilejas de New York  »

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A not-as-funny variation of Producers, The (1968).
19 February 2003 | by (Pine Grove, California) – See all my reviews

I wondered if Mel Brooks saw this film and got the idea for Producers, The (1968) from it. Both movies involve producers looking for the worst possible play - in this case for revenge, not for money. Helen Vinson is under contract to do one more play for Donald MacBride, but then plans to sign with another producer. So he and director Alan Mowbray decide to get her a bad play, and the one which naive would-be playwright Barbara Read has just sent them fits the bill. The problem is that Vinson adores the play and thinks it is a work of art. The movie bogs down a bit as Mowbray tries to get Read's permission to make changes in her play, and I didn't think much of the romance between Read and John Archer. Nonetheless, there's enough cute comedy throughout to enjoy, although the ending is a bit predictable.


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