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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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Katharine Hepburn's only musical film. See more »

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Lynn Fontaine: I do say it myself. I can flirt up a pretty sandwich. This is for my darling.
Alfred Lunt: Wellll... thank you my dear!
Lynn Fontaine: Ohh, it's not for you. It's for that adorable sailor from Savannah.
Alfred Lunt: Oh, is that the boy who came up to me the other day and said, "Thank you Mr. Lunt" and I said you're welcome but what for? And he said, "I'm having so much fun with your wife?"
Lynn Fontaine: Oh no, no. That boy came from Norfolk.
Alfred Lunt: Oh, you do get around don't you!
Lynn Fontaine: I don't but the sailors do.
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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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We Musn't Say Goodbye
(1943)
Music by James V. Monaco
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Played by the Freddy Martin Orchestra
Sung by Lanny Ross (uncredited)
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What Stars!
25 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

Saw this one on Turner Classic Movies last month. What a time capsule. My dad went to the Canteen several times during the war. After watching this movie he said it was like reliving a special memory. Having not been born during this time, I still found it a fascinating movie. I did not enjoy all of the artists that appeared in the film, however I did enjoy the patriotic sentiment shared by all. (I wish that there was a way to transfer that feeling to the present day). My favorite song from the movie was Guy Lombardo's Sleep Baby Sleep In My Jeep. I also enjoyed Tallulah Bankhead's cameo with the young soldier. If you get a chance,catch this movie the next time it comes on. You will definitely be transported to a gentler, simpler time.


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