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239 Ratings

Stage Door

Directed by Gregory La Cava
United States, 1937
Comedy, Drama


A boardinghouse full of aspiring actresses and their ambitions, dreams and disappointments.

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Stage Door Directed by Gregory La Cava

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1938 | 4 nominations including: Best Picture

National Board of Review

1937 | Winner: Top Ten Films

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1937 | Winner: Best Director

1937 | 2nd place: Best Actress

Critics reviews

That La Cava incorporated into Stage Door’s script the banter that his actresses shared during the film’s rehearsals only enhances the verbal pyrotechnics. The movie’s distaff ensemble provides not only a trove of 1930s slang, show-biz argot, and one-upping insults but also an invaluable lesson in sentence rhythm, as when the more seasoned housemates instruct a newbie on where the stress should fall in her sole line in her stage debut: "Let’s go UP to Westchester.
February 09, 2015
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