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Director:
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 »
User Reviews:
Superstars entertain enlisted men. See more (30 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)

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)
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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
 
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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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
With the song "I Left My Heart at the Stage Door Canteen", Irving Berlin paid homage to the Stage Door Canteen in the movie, This Is the Army (1943).See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Showbiz Goes to War (1982) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ave Maria, Op.52 No.6See more »

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19 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Superstars entertain enlisted men., 3 August 2005
Author: wmoores from United States

This movie has more stars in it than the firmament! Even more stars than its cousin Hollywood Canteen.

I remember seeing it as a child in 1943 and have had it on tape for years and wonder why it has not been digitally remastered. The picture is scratchy and bumpy in parts, but nothing can spoil the innocence of our youth in uniform ready to go off to war.

Cameo appearances of so many entertainers on one stage give you an idea of what vaudeville and the big band era were like. There is no plot line or even a semblance of continuity in the performances of these stars, but all are polished appearances as if the casts were on tour. Their time was donated and their patriotism shows through loud and clear.

The story line involves a group of army enlistees who are given a mini furlough in New York City before they ship out. They are in awe of the big city at first but are told of a place where there is entertainment and free food. This, of course, is the canteen. Over the course of less than forty-eight hours, Dakota, Californa, Tex, Jersey, and others pair off with hostesses at the Stage Door Canteen. It is amazing how quickly love blooms in this setting. The hostesses have taken a vow not to get involved with the fellas, but how can they resist when they see the innocence, charm, and sincerity of the boys?

If there are starring roles in the storyline, they belong to California and Eileen, though they are not paired as sweethearts. California (LonMcAllister)looks like a teenager and is so likable. He has never kissed a girl! Eileen (Cheryl Walker) is torn between her duty to the canteen and her love for Dakota.

Some have said this movie is a morale booster or war-time propaganda. I like to think of it as the way things were during World War II.

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