A young woman arrives in New York City determined to become a great theatrical star, but discovers that her goal may not be as easily attainable as she had hoped.


Sidney Lumet


Ruth Goetz (screen play), Augustus Goetz (screen play) | 1 more credit »





Complete credited cast:
Henry Fonda ... Lewis Easton
Susan Strasberg ... Eva Lovelace
Joan Greenwood ... Rita Vernon
Herbert Marshall ... Robert Harley Hedges
Christopher Plummer ... Joe Sheridan
Daniel Ocko Daniel Ocko ... Constantine
Pat Harrington Sr. ... Benny (as Pat Harrington)
Frank Campanella ... Victor
John Fiedler ... Adrian
Pat Englund Pat Englund ... Gwen Hall
Jack Weston ... Frank
Sally Gracie Sally Gracie ... Elizabeth
Nina Hansen ... Regina
Harold Grau Harold Grau ... Stage Doorman


This movie tells the story of Eva Lovelace, a girl who comes to New York City in order to become a great actress. With hard work, she succeeds in working at a theatre and finally gets her chance on stage after a great deal of changes and difficulties. Written by Volker Boehm

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Ten thousand girls dream her dream every night.


Drama | Romance


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According to the March 9, 1957 issue of Box Office Magazine, Bernard Herrmann was originally going to compose the music for this movie. See more »


Lewis Easton: [to Eva] You're a hungry little girl - the theater's offering you a feast.
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Version of Morning Glory (1933) See more »

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a cliché of a cliché of a cliché
23 January 2005 | by jgeppersonSee all my reviews

Poor Susan Strasberg. She had not an easy life. She was so lovely. But her delivery in this movie - a remake of a Katharine Hepburn 30s vehicle called "Morning Glory" - is simply not good. It doesn't help that the script is a cliché of a cliché of a cliché, if there is such a thing. Henry Fonda does the best he can with the bad, hoary lines. The supporting cast of Joan Greenwood and Christopher Plummer are excellent and fascinating as usual, but they're stuck with bad lines. In Greenwood's case, bad lines complaining about bad lines!!! And even though Fonda is good, you can't believe Susan would really go for him.

The best thing about the movie is the scene backstage towards the end when the show that might make Strasberg a star, is just about to start. The movie's director shows the stagehands being called their cues by the stage manager, and you get the suspense of what it's like to be backstage just before the curtain goes up.

The stage manager by the way is played by Jack Weston, who played a stage manager the next year in Douglas Sirk's "Imitation of Life," which is also about "the theatuh," and in its complex phoniness and artificiality it rings truer than "Stage Struck." Beloved Herbert Marshall is also in this movie and you can see very easily that he is really walking on a wooden leg.

The street scenes of New York are interesting in this movie. Also interesting is the name of a Greenwich Village nightclub where Strasberg cringingly reads poetry and verse: The Village Voice!

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Release Date:

22 April 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stage Struck See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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