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  • TBC
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1937
  • 93 mins

Stage Door

Stage Door

About

The credits provoke an anticipatory glow of pleasure at the prospect of astringent dialogue brilliantly delivered by a stellar cast, elegantly guided by the underrated La Cava. This was one of his finest films, with a veil of comedy concealing the conventions or clichés of the plot. This is ultimately a fairly harsh look at the less glamorous side of Broadway aspirations, as a group of actresses live their off-stage lives in a boarding house. The latter half of the movie is even more sombre, but the wondrous ensemble playing overcomes the elements of contrivance.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Adolphe Menjou, Gail Patrick, Constance Collier, Andrea Leeds, Ginger Rogers, Katharine Hepburn
  • Director: Gregory La Cava
  • Writer: Morrie Ryskind
  • Producer: Pandro S Berman
  • Photographer: Robert de Grasse

In a nutshell

The plot is, in fact, unimportant, as the piece has an atmosphere and accuracy that remains entirely convincing.

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