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Curtain Call (1940)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  26 April 1940 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Barbara Read ...
Helen Middleton
Helen Vinson ...
Charlotte Morley
Donald MacBride ...
John Archer ...
Ted Palmer
Leona Maricle ...
Miss 'Smitty' Smith, Crandall's Secretary
Spike Malone
Tom Kennedy ...
Massage Attendent
Ralph Forbes ...
Leslie Barrivale
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Mr. Middleton
Ann Shoemaker ...
Mrs. Middleton
Tommy Kelly ...
Fred 'Freddy' Middleton


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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Comedy | Romance


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26 April 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Esiripun takana  »

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1.37 : 1
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Deja Vu all over again...
28 October 2010 | by (Chicago IL) – See all my reviews

This film is interesting because it serves as the prototype for the film, "The Producers". Though the story lines differ slightly, the plot is the same. Get the most horrible play you can find, produce it and ruin careers and reputations. The same sort of reckless abandon of "The Producrs" does not exist in this film. The producers want to get revenge on their star who is jumping ship to go to another producer at the end of her contract. They present her with a piece of garbage written by an aspiring young female playwright. They expect her to hate it...instead, she loves it. Making life uncomfortable for the star with script changes, and watching a naive young girl become wise to the ways of Broadway comprises the better part of the film. It's worth a watch because of the cast. Alan Mowbray manages to pull it off in believable fashion, with help from Don McBride, Frank Faylen, and other notable stalwarts of the period. If it comes on, give it a whirl.

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