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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.

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 ... Robert Harley Hedges
Don Alvarado ... Pepi Velez
Fred Santley Fred Santley ... Will Seymour (as Fredric Santly)
Richard Carle ... Henry Lawrence
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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With oceans of faith and an empty purse, she went down the scale until a great love found her! (Print Ad-Greenfield Daily Recorder-Gazette,(Greenfield, Mass.)) 19 May 1934) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The four portraits that Eva sees in the theatre are of Maude Adams, Ethel Barrymore, Sarah Bernhardt and John Drew. Bernhardt is well-known in her own right even now. The portrait of John Drew is likely to be of John Drew Jr. (1853-1927) rather than John Drew Sr. (1827-1862) (an American actor of the early 1800s). John Drew Jr. was a renowned American actor of the late 1800s, the leading matinée idol of his time. Maude Adams (1872-1953) was one of the most popular American actresses of the 1890s and early 1900s, achieving great fame in J.M. Barrie's plays. Drew Jr. and Adams worked together for five years from 1892, achieving great success and making Adams a star. Ethel Barrymore (1879-1959), with brothers Lionel Barrymore and John Barrymore, was one of the Barrymore siblings who achieved greatness on the American stage and in films. The Barrymore siblings were the niece and nephews of John Drew Jr. 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

[first lines]
Ticket Taker: [on the telephone with an inquiring person as Eva Lovelace walks past the ticket window on her way upstairs to an acting agency] There's nothin' in front of the 14th row, madame.
Elevator Operator: [to others in an upstairs hallway as Eva and Robert Harley Hedges exit the elevator] Going down.
Will Seymour: [Eva and Robert enter Lewis Easton Productions' acting agency] Oh hello Robert, how are you?
Robert Harley Hedges: Ah, hello.
Will Seymour: A tough season isn't it?
Robert Harley Hedges: Pretty tough, yes. But I'm afraid nowadays they're all tough seasons.
Will Seymour: Yes, I guess you're ...
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Katharine Hepburn (1962) 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$239,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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