Stage Door

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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,

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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
Huntly Gordon
as Cast of Play
Ralph Forbes
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
Linda Gray
as Actress
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
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Critic Reviews for Stage Door

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Audience Reviews for Stage Door

  • Nov 13, 2015
    While watching this film I couldn't help but think about the possibility of having this remade in today's Hollywood. Women's empowerment and lack of quality roles in Hollywood is at an all time high in terms of it being at the center of discussions, so I feel like it's the perfect time. Plus, Stage Door has a bevy of strong female roles and plenty of material that can easily be translated to modern day or just kept in the 30's. Regardless, I would love to see a new rendition. An ensemble cast including Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Andrea Leeds, and Lucille Ball play a bunch of aspiring actresses at a boardinghouse just waiting for the perfect role. Plenty of films have been made about broken dreams in Hollywood, and I think this film does a good job balancing the greatness and the sadness that being an up and coming actress can bring. But I do think that the film does lose focus at times. You never get a sense as to who the story is about. The film's twists and turns constantly change your view on who the central character to the story is. The answer is that it's about all of them, but I would have liked to have seen even more comradery between the girls instead of focusing on the three main leads. If it is eventually remade, I feel as though they will have to update the Anthony Powell character. He comes off really creepy and almost at the point of intentions of rape at some points in the film. That was the one part of the film I thought could have been written better. So in all, I have to like this film because this is the role that got Katharine Hepburn cast in Bringing Up Baby, one of my favorite films of all time. And Stage Door is a really solid film that shows the horrors but also the greatness that Hollywood can present people. +Performances +Timeless +Both sides of Hollywood -Creepy Powell character 7.4/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Apr 02, 2014
    This early Hepburn piece is charming but far too corny to be a great film.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 05, 2010
    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
  • Sep 15, 2008
    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 L Super Reviewer

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