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Adapted from the Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman play, Stage Door is a comedic portrait of the theatrical community in New York. Katharine Hepburn stars as Terry Randall a young woman who comes from a wealthy, socially connected family. Aspiring for a career on the stage, Terry opts to see if she can make it on her own gumption and moves into a boarding house with several other wannabe Broadway starlets attempting to make a mark for themselves in show business. Terry's sassy roommate Jean (Ginger Rogers) just might get the opportunity to do that when she meets a lecherous producer, but… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Stage Door, La Cava's serio comedy about a group of aspiring actresses, is one of Hollywood's wittiest and most enjoyable backstage sagas. In top form, Hepburn and Ginger Rogers head a large cast that includes Lucille Ball, Andrea Leeds, and Ann Miller"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The movie is hilarious and touching with classic scenes of Hepburn trying to emote her lines about calla lilies."
‑ Mark Robison, Reno Gazette-Journal
"Snappy adaptation of the play marred only by an outburst of sappiness at the end."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Hepburn is at her best here, witty and challenging and dangerous."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"It is funny in spots, emotionally effective occasionally, and generally brisk and entertaining."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"La Cava keeps it always fascinating, the pace lively, the dialogue sharp and the ensemble cast all chip in with first-class performances."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"If you love movies, Stage Door is mandatory viewing."
‑ Don Willmott,
"Amazing cast, wonderful script, comedy and tragedy. A classic film."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Good, solid, 1930s entertainment."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"One of the great sassy-women comedy-dramas of the '30s."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Second only to the incomparable All About Eve as the best movie ever made about the theater."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"**** All About Eve. The real masterpiece about women and theater is Gregory La Cava's Stage Door."
‑ Dan Callahan, Slant Magazine
"The plot is, in fact, unimportant, as the piece has an atmosphere and accuracy that remains entirely convincing."
‑ , Film4
"Stage Door (1937) is director Gregory La Cava's superb, realistic film about show business, female camaraderie, and the lives of aspiring, rival actresses"
‑ Tim Dirks, Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
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