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Stage Door

MOVIE #37

Stage Door (1937)

(featuring Lucille Ball as Judy Canfield)


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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.

A boardinghouse for female theater actresses gets a new arrival in the form of Terry Randall (Katharine Hepburn), an upper-class woman pursuing her dreams against her wealthy father's wishes. At first, her status makes her unpopular with the other boarders, particularly her roommate, Jean (Ginger Rogers). As Terry becomes better acquainted with the other girls and their shared ambitions, rivalry, both professional and romantic, explodes among them.

Special Notes: Lucille Ball, Eve Arden, and Ann Miller play actresses in this very funny movie. The film was adapted by Morrie Ryskind and Anthony Veiller from the play by Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman, but the play's storyline and the characters' names were almost completely changed for the movie, so much so in fact that Kaufman joked the film should be called "Screen Door". This film was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.

Movie #37
Film Date: 1937

Release Date: October 8, 1937
Film Type: comedy/drama
Film Color: black/white
Studio: RKO
Film Length: 92 minutes

Director/Producer:
Gregory La Cava (Director)
Pandro S. Berman (Producer)

Character Role:
Lucille Ball (Judy Canfield)

Supporting Cast:
Katharine Hepburn (Terry Randall)
Ginger Rogers (Jean Maitland)
Adolphe Menjou (Anthony Powell)
Gail Patrick (Linda Shaw)
Constance Collier (Catherine Luther)
Andrea Leeds (Kaye Hamilton)
Samuel S. Hinds (Henry Sims)
Franklin Pangborn (Harcourt)
William Corson (Bill)
Pierre Watkin (Richard Carmichael)
Grady Sutton (Butcher)
Frank Reicher (Stage Director)
Phyllis Kennedy (Hattie)
Eve Arden (Eve)
Ann Miller (Annie)
Margaret Early (Mary)
Jean Rouverol (Dizzy)
Elizabeth Dunne (Mrs. Orcutt)
Norma Drury (Olga Brent)
Jane Rhodes (Ann Braddock)
Peggy O'Donnell (Susan)
Harriett Brandon (Madeline)
Katherine Alexander (Cast of Play)
Ralph Forbes (Cast of Play)
Mary Forbes (Cast Member)
Huntly Gordon (Cast of Play)
Theodore Von Eltz (Elsworth the Critic)
Whitey (Eve's Cat)
Jack Rice (Playwright)
Larry Steers (Theatre Patron)
Fred Santley (Dukenfeld)
Harry Strang (Chauffeur)
Bob Perry (Baggageman)
Adele Pearce (Pamela Blake, Actress)
Josephine Whittell (Actress)
D'Arcy Corrigan
Jack Carson (Milbank)
Jack Gardner (Script Clerk)
Jack Gargan (Dancing Instructor)
Pamela Blake (Pamela Blake)
Lynton Brent (Aide)
Mary Bovard (Actress)
Philip Morris
Theodore Kosloff (Dancing Instructor)
Al Hill (Taxi Driver)
Ada Leonard (Actress)
Diana Gibson (Actress)
Frances Gifford (Actress)
Ben Hendricks, Jr. (Waiter)
Linda Gray (Actress)
Lynda Grey