Stage Door Reviews
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.
+Both sides of Hollywood
-Creepy Powell character
Kay is the true heart of this story. In amongst the witty banter and spiky raillery between Terry and Jean, there is real drama and pain in her story. Stage Door is great as a comedy-drama, it's funny and clever, but it's ultimately elevated and memorable because it includes a moment of real tragedy. The transition in the final act to almost pure drama is impressively handled and ultimately heart-wrenching.