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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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Rita Vernon
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Gwen Hall
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Sally Gracie ...
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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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1.37 : 1
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This was one of the last films theatrically released by RKO, and one of the increasingly fewer theatrical films made after the coming of wide screen to be shot in the old "Academy ratio" (1.37: 1). See more »

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Lewis Easton: [to Eva] You're a hungry little girl - the theater's offering you a feast.
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Version of Morning Glory (1933) See more »

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Badly let down by its central performance
18 July 2007 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Before this film, I had seen Susan Strasberg in two late 1960s AIP low-budget films 'The Trip' and 'Psych-Out' and enjoyed her performances in both so was quite interested in seeing her in the starring role here.

Alas, not only is she not up to the task, but she takes down the film with her. Her performance in the first 30 minutes or so is truly wretched; she's so strained and overwrought that it makes one cringe.

To be fair, from the time she does a reading from 'Romeo & Juliet' (which is quite charming) her performance settles down somewhat but the damage is done. After all, it's in the opening scenes where we're supposed to believe that she wins over Herbert Marshall as a close friend and enchants Plummer and Fonda but her performance kills any chance of that being convincing and the film never recovers.

However, the film is still fairly entertaining. While Fonda seems rather too genial to convince as a Broadway producer he's always entertaining to watch and helps hold the film together. And Joan Greenwood does a nice balancing act as she gives a melodramatic performance yet still lined with depth.

And, as other reviewers have mentioned, director Sidney Lumet puts in some nice touches with the detail he displays in the preparation that goes behind the scenes for opening night.

Also of interest is that it was released as an RKO picture and was probably close to the very last film released by that studio.


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