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Stage Struck (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 12 September 1936 (USA)
Broadway dance director George Randall (Dick Powell) is stuck with staging a Broadway show starring Peggy Revere (Joan Blondell), a wealthy but untalented performer who is starring only ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... George Randall
... Peggy Revere
... Fred Harris
... Sid
The Yacht Club Boys ... Singing Quartette
... Ruth Williams
... Gracie
... Gilmore Frost
... Wayne
... Oscar Freud (as Johnnie Arthur)
... Mrs. Randall
Thomas Pogue ... Dr. Stanley (as Thomas Rogue)
... Burns Heywood
... Toots O'Connor
Val Stanton ... Cooper
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Broadway dance director George Randall (Dick Powell) is stuck with staging a Broadway show starring Peggy Revere (Joan Blondell), a wealthy but untalented performer who is starring only because she is backing the show. Tempers flare during rehearsals, but suave producer Fred Harris (Warren William) smooths things over by pretending to each combatant that each one secretly loves the other. Trouble is, Randall really has eyes for chorus girl Ruth Williams (Jeanne Madden). On opening night, the tempestuous Peggy storms out of the production, leaving Ruth to play the lead and carry the show. Can she pull it off? Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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12 September 1936 (USA)  »

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Caprichos de Estrela  »

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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Wednesday 26 September 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Albuquerque Thursday 4 October 1956 on KOAT (Channel 7), in Boston Sunday 25 November 1956 on WBZ (Channel 4), in Bloomington IN Tuesday 27 November 1956 on WTTV (Channel 4), in New York City Sunday 13 January 1957 on WABD (Channel 5), in Columbus Wednesday 27 February 1957 on WTVN (Channel 6), in Cincinnati Thursday 7 March 1957 on WKRC (Channel 12), and in Cleveland Wednesday 17 April 1957 on WJW (Channel 8). See more »

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Fred Harris: Sometimes the power of my own brain scares me.
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In Your Own Quiet Way
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Played on piano and sung by Val Stanton
Played on piano and sung by Dick Powell
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The Body Beautiful
13 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

Weak musical comedy kept afloat by a great cast. Joan Blondell is amazing as usual. In addition to being a great comedienne, she was a curvy beauty. Joan is one of my favorites from the 30's and here she outshines everybody else by a mile. Mustachioed Dick Powell tries to get away from the boyish roles he had been playing up to this point. He's OK here but this isn't one of his better roles. Warren William is lots of fun as a producer with probably the only good lines that didn't go to Blondell. Solid support from Frank McHugh playing a character type he's played many times over and always to perfection. Carol Hughes is a hidden gem in a tiny part as Powell's sister, pretty and funny. Unknown Jeanne Madden plays Powell's love interest. Madden had a brief three picture career. It's easy to see why. She's not bad just unexceptional. Also look for Jane Wyman in a cameo.

Forgotten comedy and singing quartet Yacht Club Boys provide a couple of weird songs. The first is about taxes. It's really more of a rant than a song. A real oddity. The second song is "The Body Beautiful," a bizarre number about having muscles. It's the highlight of the film. Lackluster direction from Busby Berkeley. Even the aforementioned "Body Beautiful" number was poorly staged by his usual standards. Add to this a predictable script and tepid songs from Powell and Madden. However, I would still say it's watchable for fans of the period and genre. That recommendation is solely because of the personalities of the cast, particularly Blondell, and the odd musical numbers of the Yacht Club Boys.


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