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Stage Struck (1958)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 22 April 1958 (USA)
A young woman arrives in New York City determined to become a great theatrical star, but discovers that her goal may not be as easily attainable as she had hoped.

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The movie tells the story of Eva, a girl who comes to New York in order to become a great actress. With hard work she succeeds in working at a theatre and finally gets her chance on stage after a lot of changes and difficulties. Written by Volker Boehm

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Ten thousand girls dream her dream every night.

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Eines Tages öffnet sich die Tür  »

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Film debut of Roger C. Carmel. See more »

Quotes

Lewis Easton: [to Eva] You're a hungry little girl - the theater's offering you a feast.
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Featured in American Masters: By Sidney Lumet (2017) See more »

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a cliché of a cliché of a cliché
23 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Poor Susan Strasberg. She had not an easy life. She was so lovely. But her delivery in this movie - a remake of a Katharine Hepburn 30s vehicle called "Morning Glory" - is simply not good. It doesn't help that the script is a cliché of a cliché of a cliché, if there is such a thing. Henry Fonda does the best he can with the bad, hoary lines. The supporting cast of Joan Greenwood and Christopher Plummer are excellent and fascinating as usual, but they're stuck with bad lines. In Greenwood's case, bad lines complaining about bad lines!!! And even though Fonda is good, you can't believe Susan would really go for him.

The best thing about the movie is the scene backstage towards the end when the show that might make Strasberg a star, is just about to start. The movie's director shows the stagehands being called their cues by the stage manager, and you get the suspense of what it's like to be backstage just before the curtain goes up.

The stage manager by the way is played by Jack Weston, who played a stage manager the next year in Douglas Sirk's "Imitation of Life," which is also about "the theatuh," and in its complex phoniness and artificiality it rings truer than "Stage Struck." Beloved Herbert Marshall is also in this movie and you can see very easily that he is really walking on a wooden leg.

The street scenes of New York are interesting in this movie. Also interesting is the name of a Greenwich Village nightclub where Strasberg cringingly reads poetry and verse: The Village Voice!


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