Stage Door (1937)


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Adapted from the Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman play, Stage Door is a comedic portrait of the theatrical community in New York. Katharine Hepburn stars as Terry Randall a young woman who comes from a wealthy, socially connected family. Aspiring for a career on the stage, Terry opts to see if she can make it on her own gumption and moves into a boarding house with several other wannabe Broadway starlets attempting to make a mark for themselves in show business. Terry's sassy roommate Jean … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Anthony Veiller, Morrie Ryskind, Morris Ryskind, Gregory La Cava
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On DVD: Mar 1, 2005
Warner Home Video


as Terry Randall

as Jean Maitland

as Anthony Powell

as Catherine Luther

as Annie

as Richard

as Stage Director

as Mary Lou

as Mrs. Orcutt

as Milbank

as Dukenfield

as Ann Braddock

as Olga Brent

as Cast of Play

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as Pamela Blake

as Cast of Play

as Elsworth the Critic

as Playwright

as Eve's Cat

as Chauffeur

as Baggageman

as Theater Patron

as Actress

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as Script Clerk

as Dancing Instructor

as Dancing Instructor

as Dancing Instructor

as Dancing Instructor

as Taxi Driver

as Announcer

as Actress

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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

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