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Morning Glory (1933)

When a naively innocent, aspiring actress arrives on the Broadway scene, she is taken under the wing of several theater veterans who mentor her to ultimate success.

Director:

Lowell Sherman

Writers:

Howard J. Green (screen play), Zoe Akins (from the play by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Katharine Hepburn ... Eva Lovelace
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Joseph Sheridan
Adolphe Menjou ... Louis Easton
Mary Duncan ... Rita Vernon
C. Aubrey Smith ... Rorbert Harley Hedges
Don Alvarado ... Pepi Velez
Fred Santley Fred Santley ... Will Seymour (as Fredric Santly)
Richard Carle ... Henry Lawrence
Tyler Brooke Tyler Brooke ... Charles Van Duesen
Geneva Mitchell ... Gwendolyn Hall
Helen Ware ... Nellie Navarre
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Storyline

Eva Lovelace, would-be actress trying to crash the New York stage, is a wildly optimistic chatterbox full of theatrical mannerisms. Her looks, more than her talent, attract the interest of a paternal actor, a philandering producer, and an earnest playwright. Is she destined for stardom or the "casting couch"? Will she fade after the brief blooming of a "morning glory"? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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A drama fired with Hepburn's blazing genius ! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gloria de un día See more »

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Budget:

$239,000 (estimated)
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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Katharine Hepburn's Best Actress Oscar win was this film's only Oscar nomination. See more »

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When a newspaper clipping is shown on screen, the Broadway impresario's name in the article is Lewis Easton. In the end credits, the character's name is Louis Easton. See more »

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Louis Easton: What is your name?
Eva Lovelace: Eva Lovelace. Like it? I can change it if you don't.
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RandomThoughts About 'Morning Glory'
25 February 2008 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

How Katharine Hepburn won an Oscar for Best Actress of this film is a bit mystery. I mean, she's okay, but nothing special. This was only her third film. Many think it would have been more appropriate had she won for "Little Women," her second film, also done in 1933. Frankly, I liked her better in "Alice Adams," her one of three movies she did in 1935.

Whatever. Her character in the movie is better than the story, which totally runs out of steam in the second half, so much so that I, frankly, didn't care at that point what happened to country girl "Eva Lovelace" in her quest to be a big actress in New York City.

Those who like stage plays will like this movie, because that is what it is, based on Zoe Atkins play. Some may find it dated, but that's not unusual considering the date. I find many early 1930s films very dated, but still a lot of fun.

Hepburn plays a charming girl in this, and had a beautiful face when she was young, so I can tolerate her snobby accent. In this story, she was a delight compared to Mary Duncan's role as the spoiled actress, coddled by Adolph Menjou. And speaking of actors, Hepburn may get all the attention but Douglas Fairbanks Jr., is every bit as good as her, if not better, in this film. Why didn't he win an Oscar?

One complaint: it's hard to understand a sizable amount of dialog in here. Words are slurred or breathlessly delivered (I really hate that) and you find yourself saying, "what did she say?" It's ridiculous. I saw this on VHS. However, the good news is that it is now available on disc, as part of the "Katharine Hepburn Collection" and has the subtitle option, if one is interesting in seeing it. There is a catch: you have to pay $50 since it is part of a set.


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