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A chronicle of the ambitions, dreams, and disappointments of aspiring actresses who all live in the same boarding house.

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Terry Randall
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Jean Maitland
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Anthony Powell
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Linda Shaw
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Miss Luther
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Kay Hamilton
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Henry Sims
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Judith
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Harcourt
William Corson ...
Bill
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Carmichael
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Butch
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Stage Director
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Mr. Milbanks
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Hattie
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Eve
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Annie
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Mary Lou
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Dizzy
Elizabeth Dunne ...
Mrs. Orcutt
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Olga
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Ann (as Jane Rhodes)
Peggy O'Donnell ...
Susan
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Madeline (as Harriett Brandon)
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Cast of Stage Play (as Katherine Alexander)
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Cast of Stage Play
Mary Forbes ...
Cast of Stage Play
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Cast of Stage Play
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Actress (uncredited)
Mary Bovard ...
Bobby (uncredited)
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Powell's Aide (uncredited)
D'Arcy Corrigan ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Alison Craig ...
Actress (uncredited)
Laurie Douglas ...
Bit Role (uncredited)
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Tony (uncredited)
Jack Gardner ...
Script Clerk (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ...
Dancing Instructor (uncredited)
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Actress (uncredited)
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Mary McGuire (uncredited)
Lynda Grey ...
Actress (uncredited)
Ben Hendricks Jr. ...
Waiter (uncredited)
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Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Vicki Joyce ...
Actress (uncredited)
Julie Kingdon ...
Bernice Neimeyer - Dance Instructor (uncredited)
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Dance Instructor (uncredited)
Ada Leonard ...
Actress (uncredited)
Marie Marks ...
Bit Role (uncredited)
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Stagehand (uncredited)
Gerda Mora ...
Dancing Instructor (uncredited)
Philip Morris ...
Announcer (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ...
Actor in Powell's Waiting Room (uncredited)
George Nardelli ...
Theater Patron (uncredited)
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Bit Role (uncredited)
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Extra (uncredited)
Bob Perry ...
Baggage Man (uncredited)
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Bit Role (uncredited)
Jack Rice ...
Playwright (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
Fred Santley ...
Dukenfield (uncredited)
Mary Louise Smith ...
Bit Role (uncredited)
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Theater Patron (uncredited)
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Bit Role (uncredited)
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Dancer / Singer (uncredited)
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Chauffeur (uncredited)
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Elsworth (uncredited)
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Baggage Man (uncredited)
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Bit Role (uncredited)
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Bit Role (uncredited)
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Miss Arden - Powell's Secretary (uncredited)
Florence Wix ...
Theatregoer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Gregory La Cava ... (as Gregory LaCava)

Written by

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Morrie Ryskind ... (screen play) and
Anthony Veiller ... (screen play)
 
Edna Ferber ... (from the play by) and
George S. Kaufman ... (from the play by)
 
S.K. Lauren ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)
 
William Slavens McNutt ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)
 
George Seaton ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Pandro S. Berman ... producer

Music by

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Roy Webb ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Robert De Grasse ... (photographed by) (as Robert deGrasse)

Film Editing by

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William Hamilton

Art Direction by

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Van Nest Polglase

Costume Design by

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Muriel King ... (gowns)

Makeup Department

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Mel Berns ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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J.R. Crone ... production manager (uncredited)
Fred Fleck ... unit manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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James H. Anderson ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Carroll Clark ... associate art director
Darrell Silvera ... set dresser

Sound Department

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John L. Cass ... recorded by

Camera and Electrical Department

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John Miehle ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Claire Cramer ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

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Roy Webb ... musical director

Other crew

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Nick Borgani ... stand-in: Adolphe Menjou (uncredited)
Patricia Doyle ... stand-in: Katharine Hepburn (uncredited)
S. Barret McCormick ... press representative (uncredited)
Elizabeth McGaffey ... researcher (uncredited)
Grace Moody ... stand-in: Gail Patrick (uncredited)
Marie Osborne ... stand-in: Ginger Rogers (uncredited)
Hermes Pan ... dance director (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Pension d'artistes (France)
  • Damas del teatro (Spain)
  • Álomkapu (Hungary)
  • Entre bastidores (Argentina)
  • Дверь на сцену (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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  • 92 min
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Budget $952,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia When Katharine Hepburn delivered her climactic stage speech, Gregory La Cava reduced it to only ten lines and filmed it on a closed set. He later brought in the actors and the extras in the audience and had them react to the filmed speech. Many of them broke down. See more »
Goofs The band at Club Grotto, where Jean and Annie perform a dance number, includes a female vocalist who can be seen singing in the background, but no vocals are heard on the soundtrack. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Starring Katharine Hepburn (1981). See more »
Soundtracks Put Your Heart Into Your Feet and Dance See more »
Quotes Terry Randall: [delivering her opening speech in the play within the movie] The calla lilies are in bloom again. Such a strange flower, suitable to any occasion. I carried them on my wedding day and now I place them here in memory of something that has died.
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