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
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 1, 2004
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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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… | March 1, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | March 1, 2004
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | March 1, 2004
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… | March 1, 2004
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… | March 1, 2004

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… | March 1, 2004

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