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Stage Door (1937)




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Movie Info

Freely adapted from Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman play, this is a warm, funny portrait of the theatrical community in New York. Ginger Rogers and Katharine Hepburn play two struggling actresses who live in a boarding house that hosts a number of aspiring actresses attempting to make a mark for themselves on stage. Lucille Ball, Eve Arden, and Ann Miller also play actresses in this very funny movie,more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Anthony Veiller, Morrie Ryskind, Morris Ryskind, Gregory La Cava
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 1, 2005
Warner Home Video


Katharine Hepburn
as Terry Randall
Ginger Rogers
as Jean Maitland
Adolphe Menjou
as Anthony Powell
Constance Collier
as Catherine Luther
Frank Reicher
as Stage Director
Elizabeth Dunne
as Mrs. Orcutt
Jack Carson
as Milbank
Fred Santley
as Dukenfield
Jane Rhodes
as Ann Braddock
Norma Drury
as Olga Brent
Katherine Alexander
as Cast of Play
Ralph Forbes
as Cast of Play
Huntly Gordon
as Cast of Play
Mary Forbes
as Cast of Play
Pamela Blake
as Pamela Blake
Huntley Gordon
as Cast of Play
Theodore von Eltz
as Elsworth the Critic
Jack Rice
as Playwright
as Eve's Cat
Harry Strang
as Chauffeur
Bob Perry
as Baggageman
Larry Steers
as Theater Patron
Mary Bovard
as Actress
Ada Leonard
as Actress
Diana Gibson
as Actress
Lynda Grey
as Actress
Alison Craig
as Actress
Lynn Gabriel
as Actress
Jack Gardner
as Script Clerk
Jack Gargan
as Dancing Instructor
Theodore Kosloff
as Dancing Instructor
Gerda Mora
as Dancing Instructor
Julie Kingdon
as Dancing Instructor
Al Hill
as Taxi Driver
Philip Morris
as Announcer
Adele Pearce
as Actress
Linda Gray
as Actress
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News & Interviews for Stage Door

Critic Reviews for Stage Door

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (3)

While it sometimes lapses into pure corn, it nevertheless manages to capture the manic-depressive dormitory atmosphere of young actresses trying to make it in New York.

Full Review… | February 10, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It is funny in spots, emotionally effective occasionally, and generally brisk and entertaining.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

One of the great sassy-women comedy-dramas of the '30s.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The entire cast is stellar, including little knowns Lucille Ball -- "my big break"-- Eve Arden, "real discovery" Andrea Leeds, Jack Carson, and a 14-year-old Ann Miller who lied about her age.

Full Review… | February 27, 2015
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Stage Door crackles with zingers ad-libbed by a cast that includes Ginger Rogers, Katharine Hepburn, Eve Arden, and Lucille Ball.

Full Review… | February 12, 2015

Stage Door, La Cava's serio comedy about a group of aspiring actresses, is one of Hollywood's wittiest and most enjoyable backstage sagas. In top form, Hepburn and Ginger Rogers head a large cast that includes Lucille Ball, Andrea Leeds, and Ann Miller

Full Review… | April 14, 2007

Audience Reviews for Stage Door


This is the best movie about showbiz that I've seen from the 30s, I highly recommend it. Hepburn gives a fantastic performance and so do Rogers and Ball. If you're an actor too, you will be able to sympathize with the characters as I did. It made me laugh, cry, and feel for the characters and myself as well. It really moved me, that is until the ending. There was a scene towards the end where it felt the movie would end, but it keeps going. If the movie would have ended there, it would have been perfect. I still liked this movie anyway, I enjoyed it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


I saw this recently on a channel featuring classics. Amazing to have so many future stars in one movie. The story remains relevant today even though it is a 70 year old movie.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

i like it better than the women. gotta wonder how kate and ginger got along

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Stage Door Quotes

Terry Randall: Oh, darling, you're sweet... I wish you were going to be there to hold my hand.
Kaye Hamilton: I'll be there... [Terry looks at her] spirit.
– Submitted by Kevin R (3 years ago)
Kaye Hamilton: I felt the same way a year ago. I felt like running and hiding from everyone... But after you're through that opening speech, there's a thrill you'll never forget. It's a thrill that can only come once.
Terry Randall: I can't figure out whether it's thrill or agony.
Kaye Hamilton: It's both.
– Submitted by Kevin R (3 years ago)
Anthony Powell: How long have you been coaching this girl?
Catherine Luther: I've only had her a month.
Judy Canfield: Incredible: No one could possibly get that bad in a month's time. .
– Submitted by Kevin R (3 years ago)
Eve: Girls, I think we have a new queen bee for the hive.
Judy Canfield: But the same King, King Anthony the first.
– Submitted by Kevin R (3 years ago)

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