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Stage Door Canteen
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Writer:
Delmer Daves (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
22 January 1944 (Mexico) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
"Dakota," a young soldier on a pass in New York City, visits the famed Stage Door Canteen, where famous... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
NewsDesk:
(5 articles)
Farewell to Hepburn Tomorrow
 (From FilmExperience. 30 December 2014, 10:47 AM, PST)

A Year with Kate: Stage Door Canteen (1943)
 (From FilmExperience. 7 May 2014, 11:45 AM, PDT)

Mike Winters obituary
 (From The Guardian - TV News. 26 August 2013, 4:00 PM, PDT)

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mixed bag of period performance and quick cameos See more (31 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Judith Anderson ... Judith Anderson
Kenny Baker ... Kenny Baker

Tallulah Bankhead ... Tallulah Bankhead

Ralph Bellamy ... Ralph Bellamy
Edgar Bergen ... Edgar Berger
Charlie McCarthy ... Charlie McCarthy

Ray Bolger ... Ray Bolger

Ina Claire ... Ina Claire
Katharine Cornell ... Katherine Cornell
Gracie Fields ... Gracie Fields
Lynn Fontanne ... Lynn Fontaine

Helen Hayes ... Helen Hayes

Katharine Hepburn ... Katharine Hepburn

Hugh Herbert ... Hugh Herbert

Jean Hersholt ... Jean Hersholt

George Jessel ... George Jessel

Gypsy Rose Lee ... Gypsy Rose Lee
Alfred Lunt ... Alfred Lunt

Harpo Marx ... Harpo Marx
Elsa Maxwell ... Elsa Maxwell
Yehudi Menuhin ... Yehudi Menuhin

Ethel Merman ... Ethel Merman

Paul Muni ... Paul Muni

Merle Oberon ... Merle Oberon

George Raft ... George Raft
Lanny Ross ... Lanny Ross

Martha Scott ... Martha Scott

Ethel Waters ... Ethel Waters

Johnny Weissmuller ... Johnny Weissmuller

Ed Wynn ... Ed Wynn
Henry Armetta ... Henry Armetta
Benny Baker ... Beny Baker
Helen Broderick ... Helen Broderick
Lloyd Corrigan ... Lloyd Corrigan

Jane Darwell ... Jane Darwell

William Demarest ... William Demarest
Virginia Field ... Virginia Field
Vinton Freedley ... Vinton
Ann Gillis ... Ann Gillis
Lucile Gleason ... Lucille Gleason (as Lucille Gleason)

Vera Gordon ... Vera Gordon
Virginia Grey ... Virginia Grey

Sam Jaffe ... Sam Jaffe

Allen Jenkins ... Allen Jenkins

Roscoe Karns ... Roscoe Karns
Tom Kennedy ... Tom Kennedy

Otto Kruger ... Otto Kruger
June Lang ... June Lang
Betty Lawford ... Betty Lawford
Bert Lytell ... Canteen Master of Ceremonies
Aline MacMahon ... Aline MacMahon
Horace McMahon ... Horace MacMahon (as Horace MacMahon)
Helen Menken ... Helen Minken
Peggy Moran ... Peggy Moran

Ralph Morgan ... Ralph Morgan

Alan Mowbray ... Alan Mowbray
Elliott Nugent ... Elliott Nugent
Patrick O'Moore ... Australian

Franklin Pangborn ... Franklin Pangborn
Helen Parrish ... Helen Parrish
Brock Pemberton ... Brock Pemberton
Selena Royle ... Selena Royle
Marion Shockley ... Lillian
Cornelia Otis Skinner ... Cornelia Otis Skinner
Ned Sparks ... Ned Sparks
Bill Stern ... Bill Stern
Arleen Whelan ... Arleen Whelan

Dame May Whitty ... May Whitty
Count Basie ... Conductor of the Count Basie Orchestra
Xavier Cugat ... Conductor of the Xavier Cugat Orchestra

Benny Goodman ... Conductor of the Benny Goodman Orchestra
Kay Kyser ... Conductor of the Kay Kyser Band
Guy Lombardo ... Conductor of the Guy Lombardo Orchestra
Freddy Martin ... Conductor of the Freddy Martin Orchestra
Cheryl Walker ... Eileen Burke
William Terry ... Dakota Smith
Marjorie Riordan ... Jean
Lon McCallister ... California Jack Gilman
Margaret Early ... Ella Sue
Sunset Carson ... Tex (as Michael Harrison)
Dorothea Kent ... Mamie - Jersey's Girl
Frederick Brady ... Jersey Wallace (as Fred Brady)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kay Kyser Band ... Kay Kyser Band
Count Basie and His Orchestra ... Count Basie Orchestra
Benny Goodman Orchestra ... Benny Goodman Orchestra
Guy Lombardo Orchestra ... Guy Lombardo Orchestra
Freddy Martin Orchestra ... Freddy Martin Orchestra
Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra ... Xavier Cugat Orchestra
Harry Babbitt ... Kay Kyser Band Singer (uncredited)
Dave Barbour ... Musician (uncredited)
Julie Conway ... Kay Kyser Band Singer (uncredited)
Jane Cowl ... Jane Cowl (uncredited)
Helen Dumas ... Helen (uncredited)
Trudy Erwin ... Kay Kyser Band Singer (uncredited)
Dorothy Fields ... Dorothy Fields (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Dubious Army Sergeant (uncredited)

Arlene Francis ... Arlene Francis (uncredited)

Mack Gray ... Waiter (uncredited)
George E. Green ... Freddy Martin Orchestra Member (uncredited)

Eddie Hall ... Soldier on Train (uncredited)
Louis Jean Heydt ... Captain Robinson (uncredited)
John James ... Don Brandt - Marine with Virginia Grey (uncredited)
Virginia Kaye ... Virgina Kaye (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Marine (uncredited)
Jack Lambert ... Sailor Cutting In with Ina Claire (uncredited)

Gertrude Lawrence ... Gertrude Lawrence (uncredited)

Peggy Lee ... Benny Goodman Orchestra Singer (uncredited)
Jack Martin ... Kay Kyser Band Singer (uncredited)
Sully Mason ... Kay Kyser Band Singer (uncredited)
George Mathews ... Marine Sergeant with Ray Bolger (uncredited)
Marian Moore ... Marian Moore (uncredited)
Elizabeth Morgan ... Elizabeth (uncredited)
Caleb Peterson ... Johnny Jones (uncredited)
Francis Pierlot ... Minister at Jersey's Wedding (uncredited)
Django Reinhardt ... Himself (uncredited)

Ruth Roman ... Girl (uncredited)
Lina Romay ... Xavier Cugat Orchestra Singer (uncredited)
Johnny Roventini ... Johnny - Bellhop 'Living Tradmark' for Philip Morris Cigarettes (uncredited)
Mortimer Snerd ... Wooden Dummy (uncredited)
Anne G. Sterling ... Attractive Woman (uncredited)
Arthur Walsh ... Jitterbugging Soldier (uncredited)
Jesse White ... Jesse White (uncredited)
Max Williams ... Kay Kyser Band Singer (uncredited)
Matt Willis ... Sergeant on Train (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Borzage 
 
Writing credits
Delmer Daves (original screenplay)

Produced by
Frank Borzage .... producer
Barney Briskin .... associate producer
Sol Lesser .... producer
 
Original Music by
Freddie Rich 
 
Cinematography by
Harry J. Wild (director of photography) (as Harry Wild)
 
Production Design by
Harry Horner 
 
Art Direction by
Hans Peters 
 
Set Decoration by
Clem Beauchamp (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Irving Berns .... makeup artist
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lew Borzage .... assistant director
Virgil Hart .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Victor A. Gangelin .... interiors (as Victor Gangelin)
 
Sound Department
Hugh McDowell Jr. .... sound technician (as Hugh McDowell)
 
Casting Department
Leonard Harper .... casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Albert Deano .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Hal C. Kern .... supervising editor (as Hal Kern)
 
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Fletcher Henderson .... music arranger (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Radie Harris .... talent coordinator
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
132 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Portugal:M/6 | Sweden:Btl | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #9216)

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Trivia:
A similar movie, Hollywood Canteen (1944), would follow this film a year after it was released. While it had the same basic concept, it was not a sequel to this film.See more »
Soundtrack:
Auld Lang SyneSee more »

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24 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
mixed bag of period performance and quick cameos, 21 July 2004
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

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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