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Stage Door (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 8 October 1937 (USA)
A chronicle of the ambitions, dreams, and disappointments of aspiring actresses who all live in the same boarding house.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Terry Randall
... Jean Maitland
... Anthony Powell
... Linda Shaw
... Miss Luther
... Kay Hamilton
... Henry Sims
... Judith
... Harcourt
William Corson ... Bill
... Carmichael
... Butch
... Stage Director
... Mr. Milbanks
... Hattie
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Terry Randall, rich society beauty, has decided to see if she can break into the Broadway theatre scene without her family connections. She goes to live in a theatrical boarding house and finds her life caught up with those of the other inmates and the ever-present disappointment that theatrical hopefuls must live with. Her smart-mouth roommate, Jean, is approached by a powerful producer for more than just a role. And Terry's father has decided to give her career the shove by backing a production for her to star in, in which she's sure to flop. But his machinations hurt more than just Terry. Written by Kathy Li

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GREAT STARS! GREAT STORY! GREAT PICTURE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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8 October 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pension d'artistes  »

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$952,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The stage version of "Stage Door", written by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber, opened at the Music Box Theater in New York on October 22, 1936 and ran for 169 performances. In addition to Margaret Sullavan in the leading role, the supporting cast included Tom Ewell and Mary Wickes. See more »

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The actress playing Mr. Powell's secretary appears to deliver her line "somebody catch her" late. The actress playing Kay did her part; she acted like someone in trouble and actually swooned, but the secretary was behind in her lines and delivered them all after Kay had already hit the floor. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Judy Canfield: Do you have to do that?
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Referenced in I Love Lucy: Lucy's Italian Movie (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

A Sailboat in the Moonlight and You
(uncredited)
Written by John Jacob Loeb and Carmen Lombardo
Sung and played on piano by uncredited actress, Betty Jane Rhodes
Sung during Kay Hamilton's last scene
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Utterly perfect example of movie entertainment, 30s style
21 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

Director Gregory LaCava apparently liked to hit the bottle and so had a spotty career, but Stage Door is his masterpiece. Not in some personal, auteurist way, but in having achieved an almost ideal example of Depression-era movie entertainment. Its venue is the Footlights Club, a theatrical boarding house near Broadway, where lamb stew and broken dreams are the nightly staples. Among the gals with stiletto tongues but hearts of gold are Lucille Ball, Eve Arden, Ann Miller, Gail Patrick and formidable Constance Collier ("Could you see an older woman in the part?"). But the movie centers on the rivalry between roommates Katherine Hepburn, as a spoiled rich kid who tries acting as a lark, and Ginger Rogers, as a plucky thespian waiting for her break. Believe it or no, those diametrical opposites (aristocratic, ethereal Kate and tough, pragmatic Ginger) work like a dream together. The script negotiates a delicate path between pathos and bathos, and somehow keeps its balance, even when one of the troupers loses her grip on reality and...Well, enough said. Best of all: this is the movie in which Hepburn gets to elocute: "The calla lilies are in bloom again...." Sheerest heaven.


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