Stage Door is a 1937 RKO film directed by Gregory La Cava. Adapted from the play of the same name, it tells the story of several would-be actresses who live together in a boarding house at 158 West 58th Street in New York City. The film stars Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, Gail Patrick, Constance Collier, Andrea Leeds, Samuel S. Hinds and Lucille Ball. Eve Arden and Ann Miller, who became notable in later films, play minor characters.
|Directed by||Gregory La Cava|
|Screenplay by||Morrie Ryskind|
|Based on||Stage Door (play)|
by Edna Ferber
George S. Kaufman
|Produced by||Pandro S. Berman|
|Cinematography||Robert De Grasse|
|Edited by||William Hamilton|
|Music by||Roy Webb|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures (US)|
Radio Pictures Ltd. (UK)
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".