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      Stage Door

      Released Sep 15, 1937 1 hr. 32 min. Comedy Drama List
      96% 23 Reviews Tomatometer 87% 2,500+ Ratings Audience Score 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. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Apr 30 Buy Now

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      Audience Member Director Gregory LaCava apparently liked to hit the bottle and so had a spotty career, but Stage Door is his masterpiece. Not in some personal, auteurist way, but in having achieved an almost ideal example of Depression-era movie entertainment. Its venue is the Footlights Club, a theatrical boarding house near Broadway, where lamb stew and broken dreams are the nightly staples. Among the gals with stiletto tongues but hearts of gold are Lucille Ball, Eve Arden, Ann Miller, Gail Patrick and formidable Constance Collier ("Could you see an older woman in the part?"). But the movie centers on the rivalry between roommates Katherine Hepburn, as a spoiled rich kid who tries acting as a lark, and Ginger Rogers, as a plucky thespian waiting for her break. Believe it or no, those diametrical opposites (aristocratic, ethereal Kate and tough, pragmatic Ginger) work like a dream together. The script negotiates a delicate path between pathos and bathos, and somehow keeps its balance, even when one of the troupers loses her grip on reality and...Well, enough said. Best of all: this is the movie in which Hepburn gets to elocute: "The calla lilies are in bloom again...." Sheerest heaven. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member Not mentioned enough for the classic it is. Adore Katherine Hepburn in everything I've ever seen her in but this might be the best of them all. The dialogue in particular is so fast and so sharp, while the film in general is charming, funny and even very emotional towards the end. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review william d The wisecracks are not funny and the story of Hepburn's character's rise to stardom is implausible. Still, I enjoyed the movie. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review ionut m Sadly, not much has changed in the world of theater since this film was made, that why it's easy for it to stand the test of time. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review steve d In a film of legends it is Andrea Leeds who steels the show. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review david l Stage Door is tonally uneven and too short, but it offers an always relevant look into the Hollywood industry and just how difficult it is to become an actor. It also depicts the toxic rivalry between women brutally honestly. It's fun film bolstered by terrific dialogue and tremendous performances from its stellar cast with Andrea Leeds being particularly phenomenal in such a powerful role. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Melissa Anderson Artforum Stage Door crackles with zingers ad-libbed by a cast that includes Ginger Rogers, Katharine Hepburn, Eve Arden, and Lucille Ball. Feb 12, 2015 Full Review Don Druker Chicago Reader While it sometimes lapses into pure corn, it nevertheless manages to capture the manic-depressive dormitory atmosphere of young actresses trying to make it in New York. Feb 10, 2012 Full Review Variety Staff Variety It is funny in spots, emotionally effective occasionally, and generally brisk and entertaining. Mar 26, 2009 Full Review Meyer Levin (Patterson Murphy) Esquire Magazine Incidentally, the stage play was thrown away for the photoplay; they kept the name and locale. Great improvement. Ginger Rogers steals the show. Apr 17, 2020 Full Review Ann Ross Maclean's Magazine The result is a remarkably fine film, with at least three performances so outstanding that it is hard to say whether Ginger Rogers and Katharine Hepburn steal the picture from each other, or the newcomer, Andrea Leeds, steals it from both. Jul 23, 2019 Full Review Donald J. Levit ReelTalk Movie Reviews The entire cast is stellar, including little knowns Lucille Ball -- "my big break"-- Eve Arden, "real discovery" Andrea Leeds, Jack Carson, and a 14-year-old Ann Miller who lied about her age. Feb 27, 2015 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis 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.
      Director
      Gregory La Cava
      Screenwriter
      Morrie Ryskind, Anthony Veiller
      Distributor
      RKO Radio Pictures
      Production Co
      RKO Radio Pictures Inc.
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 15, 1937, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 1, 2014
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