"Dakota" Smith (William Terry), a young soldier on a pass in New York City, visits the famed Stage Door Canteen, where famous stars of the theatre and movies appear and host a recreational center for servicemen during the war. Dakota meets a pretty young hostess, Eileen Burke (Cheryl Walker), and they enjoy the many entertainers and a growing romance.
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Did You Know?
This movie's storyline of a GIs romance with a Canteen girl named Irene was inspired by the song, "I Left My Heart at the Stage Door Canteen", written by Irving Berlin
, and recorded in 1942 by Kenny Baker
(who appeared in this movie). The opening lyrics of the song are, "I left my heart at the Stage Door Canteen / I left it there with a girl named Irene." See more
Say, how do you look out of uniform?
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
In many public domain prints, the scene involving Sam Jaffe and some of our Russian allies is missing (victim of Cold War re-editing of historical fact), as is the scene with Johnny Roventini (no longer "politically correct" in this cancer-conscious age). See more
Music by James V. Monaco
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Played by Count Basie and His Orchestra
(credited as Count Basie Orchestra)
Sung by Ethel Waters
(uncredited) See more