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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.

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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 »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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For her role in this film, Katharine Hepburn earned her first Best Actress Oscar nomination (out of 12) and first Oscar win (out of four). See more »

Goofs

Mic shadow on wall as Sheridan drags Eva out of dressing room after star quits play on opening night. See more »

Quotes

Gwendolyn Hall: My! You're gaining weight.
Rita Vernon: Yes. I'll soon be your size, my dear!
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Featured in Hollywood: The Great Stars (1963) See more »

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Horse whipped to the Finish Line
3 April 2006 | by futures-1See all my reviews

"Morning Glory" (1933): Katherine Hepburn won her first Oscar in the role of a naive, romantic young woman who wants to become a New York stage star. The story is of that climb, and were it kept this direct, might not be a brain teaser, but at least it wouldn't end muddled. Her character begins as a wonderfully flaky, idealistic, bubble-headed but assertive hopeful, who stumbles her way into the hearts of calloused stage people. You can't help but like her. However… whether it's in the script or the editing, the sense of TIMING becomes very odd. Her character is given plenty of attention and patience in the first half of the film, and then the story is increasingly horse-whipped into a faster & faster, more compressed, rushed explanation, until finally – at the end (if you can call it that) – the entire idea simply SCREECHES TO A SUDDEN HALT – and you're left looking around the room, wondering if the electricity just went out.


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