Stage Door Reviews
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.
While many critics find this to be a revelation, I am not quite that positive. I will admit that it is entertaining and features a host of sceen chewing actress deliovering salty one-liners back and forth.
A boarding house in New York City is filled with a bunch of tennants who hope to become actresses. The likes of Katherine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Lucille Ball, Eve Arden, and the Oscar nominated Andrea Leeds battle it out for the best moments.
The lines come fast and furious, maybe a bit too fast and calculated. Still it is fun.
I thought the turn near the end was a bit too out of character from the rest of the film, though it did add some emotional depth to the boarding-house's overall character in the very last scene that was appreciable.
Concerns the struggles of young actresses in their trenches, where they live. Truely astounding movie for its time. Essentially the unglamourous side of the theatre and realistic as well.
Although a handicap to have so many fast talking dames in the first few minutes, it will amuse only the deaf.
You will get to see a very young Lucille Ball, Katherine Hepburn, Ginger Rodgers, Eve Arden and Ann Miller. The snappy patter of the tongue wagging gals gets really tiresome in no time at all.
The male dominance in the entertainment industry is immediately apparent. So many gals, so much unemployment. And Adolphe Menjou? Give me a break. Today he would have been a predatory sex fiend.
Lucille Ball fans will be pleased to see many lines given to the young starlet.
Kate Hepburn is the same person she always portrays. Ginger Rodgers is quite different. There must have been a transition ... Before Fred Astaire and after. She carries the beginning of the film almost entirely by herself.
Eve Arden, later television's Our Miss Brooks, the ever comedic Arden we remember. Not much change there either.
4 Oscars including nominee for best picture. A morality play suggesting some things matter more than reaching the top. Rewritten so many times, writer George Kaufman playwriter commented it should have been titled Screen Door.
Better use the subtitles, the dialog is so fast you'll need the help.
I had to stop this film and intend to update this review on completion.
On further review, it continued to suck.