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Morning Glory (1933)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 18 August 1933 (USA)
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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She'll give you the heart thrill of your life ! See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The only film in which Katharine Hepburn gives an acting Oscar winning performance in a film not nominated for Best Picture. See more »

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

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Eva Lovelace: I'm not afraid! I'm not afraid of being a morning glory!
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Kate Went On To Be Great
8 October 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Was there ever a brighter more eager theatrical hopeful than Katharine Hepburn in Morning Glory? She set the standard for playing them in this her third film and first Oscar winning performance.

Young Eva Lovelace comes into the office of producer Adolphe Menjou looking for her first big break. She charms everyone with both her innocence and determination. Menjou, playwright Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and old time actor C. Aubrey Smith all seem to be completely charmed by her.

Morning Glory is a short film and I'm sure there's a director's cut out there somewhere. Note after Hepburn meets all the three mentioned above in Menjou's office, they cut next to where she's going to a party at Menjou's and there's reference to some out of town play she did on tour in which she must have flopped badly. It's eluded that Fairbanks was the one who cast her. I'm wondering if audiences in 1933 saw more than the 74 minutes that are on my VHS copy.

One of these days TCM should run Morning Glory back to back with All About Eve. Essentially it's the same story with a protagonist who's wicked and manipulative instead of innocent.

Hepburn got her Oscar for the way she did the classics after having a little too much champagne. She does Hamlet's 'to be or not to be' and then she really electrifies the guests and Menjou's party and I'm sure the movie goers with her recitation of Juliet's soliloquy from the balcony scene. When you got Will Shakespeare doing your dialog did the other contenders for the Oscar have a prayer?

Morning Glory, a chance to see the young Kate go on to be great.


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