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Stage Door Canteen (1943)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 22 November 1943 (UK)
"Dakota," a young soldier on a pass in New York City, visits the famed Stage Door Canteen, where famous stars of the theatre and films appear and host a recreational center for servicemen ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Judith Anderson
... Kenny Baker
... Tallulah Bankhead
... Ralph Bellamy
... Edgar Berger
... Charlie McCarthy
... Ray Bolger
... Ina Claire
Katharine Cornell ... Katherine Cornell
... Gracie Fields
... Lynn Fontaine
... Helen Hayes
... Katharine Hepburn
... Hugh Herbert
... Jean Hersholt
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"Dakota," a young soldier on a pass in New York City, visits the famed Stage Door Canteen, where famous stars of the theatre and films appear and host a recreational center for servicemen during the war. Dakota meets a pretty young hostess, Eileen, and they enjoy the many entertainers and a growing romance. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Chuva de Estrelas  »

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Film debut of Sunset Carson (billed as "Michael Harrison"). See more »

Quotes

Dubious Army Sergeant: Look, I've been in both these here wars and I've been in plenty of joints, but I just can't figure this one out.
Dakota Smith: Whaddya mean, Sarge?
Dubious Army Sergeant: Well, you come in, you get free chow, free entertainment, free dancing, and with dames that come right up and ask for out to. What I'd like to know is, when do we get clipped?
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All rights granted by the American Theater Wing which gratefully acknowledges and credits the producers, stars and members of all the theatrical unions, guilds, crafts and associations for their participation in the creation and continuance of the original Stage Door Canteen. See more »

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Featured in Showbiz Goes to War (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Marching Through Berlin
(1943) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Harry Miller and Robert Reed
Based on "German National Anthem (Das Lied der Deutschen)"
(Also called "Deutschland Über Alles")
Music by Franz Joseph Haydn from "String Quartet in C major (the Kaiser-Quartet), Op. 76 #3" (1797)
Lyrics by August Heinrich Hoffman von Fallersleben (1841)
Sung by Ethel Merman
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Another great WW2 B&W
14 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to stumble upon this during a week of WW2 B&W's run on TMC. Read all the other posts for a description. I'd just like to add my admiration for my dad's generation. What a fabulous film! I so envy their patriotism. Sure there were plenty of scumbags exploiting and dodging the war but this film makes me think of all those young men going of to an almost certain death. Our losses were bad, but I was surprised at the tribute paid to the Russian and Chinese servicemen (and women) whose losses were each in the multi-millions. I appreciated the performers for their skill and professionalism. The violinist seemed out of place until you see the crowd, enthralled, quiet, and admiring, politely keeping quiet, and then the applause. It made me think of how my dad's generation, without our over-bearing music industry, appreciated real classic music. Now, classic music is largely unappreciated by the masses. The comments of others on Hepburn are not deserved. As usual, people often try to judge films, attitudes, and events based on present-day ideals. Yeah, patriotism may be embarrassing and corny now, but in 1942 after some of your relatives are killed trying to stop Hitler I don't think it was out of place. Hepburns performance was one of the few of hers that I liked. I hoped she didn't have to be coaxed.


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