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Stage Door Canteen (1943)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 22 November 1943 (UK)
"Dakota," a young soldier on a pass in New York City, visits the famed Stage Door Canteen, where famous stars of the theatre and films appear and host a recreational center for servicemen ... See full summary »

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Kenny Baker
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Ralph Bellamy
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Edgar Berger
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Ray Bolger
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Ina Claire
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Katherine Cornell
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Lynn Fontaine
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Helen Hayes
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Hugh Herbert
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Jean Hersholt
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"Dakota," a young soldier on a pass in New York City, visits the famed Stage Door Canteen, where famous stars of the theatre and films appear and host a recreational center for servicemen during the war. Dakota meets a pretty young hostess, Eileen, and they enjoy the many entertainers and a growing romance. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Comedy | Musical | Romance | War

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22 November 1943 (UK)  »

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Chuva de Estrelas  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film received its New York City television premiere Friday 24 December 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11); in Los Angeles it was first telecast Wednesday 14 September 1949 on KTSL (Channel 2). See more »

Quotes

Dubious Army Sergeant: Look, I've been in both these here wars and I've been in plenty of joints, but I just can't figure this one out.
Dakota Smith: Whaddya mean, Sarge?
Dubious Army Sergeant: Well, you come in, you get free chow, free entertainment, free dancing, and with dames that come right up and ask for out to. What I'd like to know is, when do we get clipped?
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All rights granted by the American Theater Wing which gratefully acknowledges and credits the producers, stars and members of all the theatrical unions, guilds, crafts and associations for their participation in the creation and continuance of the original Stage Door Canteen. See more »


Soundtracks

Flight of the Bumble Bee
(1900) (uncredited)
Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Played by Yehudi Menuhin on violin with piano accompaniment
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A Slice of Life and History
21 March 2002 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

The Stage Door Canteen really existed in New York. It was the east coast's answer to the Hollywood Canteen (there is a movie by that name too). If you want to get a good look at America in 1942 this is it. You can see the stars of the east and get to see some funny people and hear some great stars and some of the great bands of the era. All using their talents for those fighting for freedom. In WW2 Americans were into supporting their soldiers. This is a slice of American life that we don't often get to see.


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