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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


Drama, Classics, Comedy

Morrie Ryskind

Mar 1, 2005

Warner Home Video

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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.

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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It is funny in spots, emotionally effective occasionally, and generally brisk and entertaining.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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One of the great sassy-women comedy-dramas of the '30s.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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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

April 14, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

La Cava keeps it always fascinating, the pace lively, the dialogue sharp and the ensemble cast all chip in with first-class performances.

March 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Second only to the incomparable All About Eve as the best movie ever made about the theater.

March 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

The movie is hilarious and touching with classic scenes of Hepburn trying to emote her lines about calla lilies.

March 14, 2005

If you love movies, Stage Door is mandatory viewing.

February 18, 2005 Full Review Source:

**** All About Eve. The real masterpiece about women and theater is Gregory La Cava's Stage Door.

March 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Snappy adaptation of the play marred only by an outburst of sappiness at the end.

March 1, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Amazing cast, wonderful script, comedy and tragedy. A classic film.

July 16, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

The plot is, in fact, unimportant, as the piece has an atmosphere and accuracy that remains entirely convincing.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

Hepburn is at her best here, witty and challenging and dangerous.

May 15, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

Good, solid, 1930s entertainment.

April 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

Stage Door (1937) is director Gregory La Cava's superb, realistic film about show business, female camaraderie, and the lives of aspiring, rival actresses

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films

A stellar cast, superb direction, and a screenplay even better than the stage play on which it was based, all add up to one of the best movies about show business -- or about women living together -- ever made.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.
October 5, 2010

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.
September 15, 2008

Super Reviewer

i like it better than the women. gotta wonder how kate and ginger got along
September 15, 2008
Stella Dallas

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A film about a boardinghouse for aspiring actresses, their successes and their failures, with early performances by such stars as Katherine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers and Lucille Ball. Some sensitive areas handled with more grace and class than many films of this time period. Worth your time.
August 25, 2007

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    1. Terry Randall: Oh, darling, you're sweet... I wish you were going to be there to hold my hand.
    2. Kaye Hamilton: I'll be there... [Terry looks at her] spirit.
    – Submitted by Kevin R (21 months ago)
    1. 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.
    2. Terry Randall: I can't figure out whether it's thrill or agony.
    3. Kaye Hamilton: It's both.
    – Submitted by Kevin R (21 months ago)
    1. Anthony Powell: How long have you been coaching this girl?
    2. Catherine Luther: I've only had her a month.
    3. Judy Canfield: Incredible: No one could possibly get that bad in a month's time. .
    – Submitted by Kevin R (21 months ago)
    1. Eve: Girls, I think we have a new queen bee for the hive.
    2. Judy Canfield: But the same King, King Anthony the first.
    – Submitted by Kevin R (21 months ago)
    1. Jean Maitland: Psst! Pardon me, there's a dust storm blowing up. [affectedly] Howjado.
    2. Linda Shaw: [flaunting her sable coat] Have we met socially?
    3. Jean Maitland: I hope not. [taking in coat] A very nifty piece of jack- rabbit you have there.
    4. Linda Shaw: Just a little trinket my Aunt Susan gave me.
    5. Jean Maitland: I think it's terribly unselfish of these little animals to give up their lives to keep other animals warm.
    6. Linda Shaw: They're very smart little animals. They never make sacrifices for the wrong people.
    – Submitted by Kevin R (21 months ago)
    1. Judy Canfield: If you weren't so snooty you could have had a date with me tonight.
    2. Jean Maitland: You can have my share of those timber wolves.
    3. Judy Canfield: They may be timber wolves to you, but they're meat and potatoes to me.
    4. Jean Maitland: Don't you know any younger men?
    5. Judy Canfield: I'm tired of buying dinners for younger men.
    – Submitted by Kevin R (21 months ago)
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