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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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This Venomous Comedy Is A Little-known Gem
8 November 2003 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

One of the most brilliant, cutting, comedies ever made by a major studio (RKO.)

Alan Mowbry and Donald MacBride set out to find the most ghastly play imaginable to keep their temperamental star (Helen Vinson) from defecting to another producer. They hit on one by an earnest country girl, Barbara Read.

This ranks with "Twentieth Century" and "All About Eve" -- though clearly made on a far lower budget than either -- as a caustic study of venomous theater/movie types.

Mowbry is delightfully smarmy -- and there is more than a hint that he and his business partner are gay. Between its view of the Wide-eyed self-styled playwright and the demanding diva, this movie is misogyny personified.

The happy ending feels tacked on but it doesn't change, neutralize, or cushion what's come before it.


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