Stage Door

1937 film by Gregory La Cava / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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.

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Stage Door
Stage Door theatrical poster
Directed byGregory La Cava
Screenplay byMorrie Ryskind
Anthony Veiller
Based onStage Door (play)
by Edna Ferber
George S. Kaufman
Produced byPandro S. Berman
StarringKatharine Hepburn
Ginger Rogers
Adolphe Menjou
CinematographyRobert De Grasse
Edited byWilliam Hamilton
Music byRoy Webb
Production
company
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures (US)
Radio Pictures Ltd. (UK)
Release dates
  • October 8, 1937 (1937-10-08) (US)
  • December 31, 1937 (1937-12-31) (UK[1])
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$952,000[2]
Box office$1,762,000[2]
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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".