Stage Struck (1958)

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Movie Info

This remake of Zoe Akins' Morning Glory stars Susan Strasberg as Eva Lovelace, the role that won Katharine Hepburn her first Oscar back in 1933. Fresh from the midwest, the starry-eyed Eva arrives in New York, convinced that she has what it takes to be Broadway's greatest actress. Armed with more chutzpah than talent, Eva proves fascinating to big-time producer Lewis Easton (Henry Fonda) and playwright Joe Sheridan (Christopher Plummer, in his film debut). But the realization of her girl remains just outside of Eva's reach until she replaces temperamental star Rita Vernon (Joan Greenwood) on the opening night of Sheridan's newest play.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Drama , Romance
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
Runtime:
Studio:
RKO Pictures

Cast

Susan Strasberg
as Eva Lovelace
Henry Fonda
as Lewis Easton
Joan Greenwood
as Rita Vernon
Christopher Plummer
as Joe Sheridan
Herbert Marshall
as Robert Harley Hedges
Daniel Ocko
as Constantine
John Fiedler
as Adrian
Patricia Englund
as Gwen Hall
Jack Weston
as Frank
Sally Gracie
as Elizabeth
Nina Hansen
as Regina
Harold Grau
as Stage Doorman
Leon Bibb
as Guitar Player
Estelle Richie
as Nebraska Woman
Clint Young
as Tom the Chauffeur
Hilda Haynes
as Easton's Maid
Roger C. Carmel
as Stagehand
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Critic Reviews for Stage Struck

All Critics (1)

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

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Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

It never gets past its clichés.

Full Review… | October 12, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Stage Struck

½

This is one of Lumet's first films and deals with considerably different subject matter than any of the other films of his I've seen. Nope, no gangsters, thieves, angry men or dirty cops; just a fame hungry actress and a guy with the power to give her what she wants. Henry Fonda and Christopher Plummer are great, as is expected. What brings this film down is Susan Strasberg. She's cute, but really quite irritating. Her voice is grating, and even when she's sad she just seems so damned bubbly. The story has it's moments, the Romeo and Juliet scene being a highlight, but overall the film just isn't anything paricularly special. It's not bad, in fact I'd have to say it was good, just not great.

Aaron Wittwer
Aaron Wittwer

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