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Stage Door Canteen (1943)

Passed  -  Comedy | Musical | Romance  -  22 January 1944 (Mexico)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Judith Anderson
Kenny Baker ...
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Tallulah Bankhead
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Ralph Bellamy
Edgar Bergen ...
Edgar Berger
Charlie McCarthy ...
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Ray Bolger
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Ina Claire
Katharine Cornell ...
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Gracie Fields ...
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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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22 January 1944 (Mexico)  »

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Chuva de Estrelas  »

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Most of the cameo appearances in this movie were filmed at the RKO Radio Pictures studio at Culver City in California but a few such as Benny Goodman's were filmed in New York City, the home of the real Stage Door Canteen which was located on 44th Street. See more »

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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 »

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Soundtracks

Quick Sands
(1943)
Music by James V. Monaco
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Played by Count Basie and His Orchestra (credited as Count Basie Orchestra)
Sung by Ethel Waters (uncredited)
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mixed bag of period performance and quick cameos
21 July 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In wartime, a group of soldiers stop off at a canteen before they are posted to heaven knows where. In this canteen they are entertained and served by luminaries from stage and screen (so much fun for the viewer spotting big names in little roles). The soldiers (California, Dakota, and Tex) are the lynchpins who carry the paper-thin story around delightful performances from the likes of Ethel Merman, Ray Bolger, Gracie Fields, Benny Goodman with Peggy Lee, Kay Kyser, Xavier Cugat, and Count Basie.

Blink and you might miss (a few names for a taster) Tallulah Bankhead, Ina Claire, Judith Anderson, Aline MacMahon, Katherine Cornell, the Lunts, George Jessel, Ed Wynn, Ralph Bellamy, George Raft, May Whitty, Harpo Marx, Ned Sparks, and Dorothy Fields. You'll remember Katharine Hepburn as she goes all patriotic at the end of the movie.

Is it a good film? Probably not, but it is certainly historically interesting and probably has the most big names in one movie. The three soldier boys stand for all their compatriots who went to war'during both that conflict and the ones which followed. They aren't glorified, but are simply depicted as young lads who like dancing with girls and being treated with courtesy. We may never know what happens to California, Dakota, and Tex (and millions like them) but 'Stage Door Canteen' gives you a bit of their lives, and a snapshot of the wartime canteen.


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