Monday, December 26, 2005

Stage Door (1937)

"Stage Door" (1937) is an excellent movie well worth the watching . . . and probably saving to boot!
A lot of men may call it a "chick flick" but the chicks in this movie are top flight, the writing is superb, the humor is beautifully delivered and it'll take you all over the emotional rollercoaster.
What else would you get from a cast as diverse as Katharine Hepburn (Terry) to Margaret Early (Mary Lou)?!
You must forgive Miss Maven since two of the actress are from Texas:
Ginger Rogers (Jean Maitland) got her start in Maven's hometown of Fort Worth and Ann Miller (Annie) was from Houston.
An interesting note about Miller was that she lied about her age to get this job, being only 14 when she played "Annie" in "Stage Door!"
Both ladies made names for themselves as dancers as well as actresses in Hollywood.
Two of the supporting actresses went on to make names for themselves on television in the fifties.
Lucille Ball (Judy Canfield) created a dynasty on TV with her then husband, Desi Arnaz, with "I Love Lucy."
One of the series that was made at Desilu Studios (formerly RKO) was "Our Miss Brooks" with Eve Arden (Eve) in the title role.
One wonderful thing about these actresses is their ability to not only be able to act but bull off some deliciously wicked lines like:
Jean: Hey, you're not gonna catch the opening tonight,hug?
Eve: No, I'm going tomorrow and catch the closing.
And how about:
Terry: I see that, in addition to your other charms, you have that insolence generated by an inferior upbringing.
Jean: Hmm! Fancy clothes, fancy language and everything!
Terry: Unfortunately, I learned to speak English correctly.
Jean: That won't be of much use to you here. We all talk pig Latin.
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Eve: Well, I don't like to gossip, but that new gal seems to have an awful crush on Shakespeare!
Susan (Peggy O'Donnell): I wouldn't be surprised if they get married!
Mary Lou: Oh, you're fooling'! Shakespeare's dead.
Madeline (Jan Wiley): No!
Mary Lou: Well, if he's the same one that wrote "Hamlet," he is.
Eve: Never heard of it.
Mary Lou: Well, certainly you must have heard of "Hamlet."
Eve: Well, I meet so many people.
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Terry: How many doors are there to this place?
Jean: Well, there's the trap door, the humidor, and the cuspidor. How many doors would you like?
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Jean: Do you mind if I ask a personal question?
Terry: Another one?
Jean: Are those trunks full of bodies?
Terry: Just those, but I don't intend to unpack them.
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Linda (Gail Patrick): If you were a little more considerate of your elders, maybe Mr. Powell [Adolphe Menjou] would send his car for you someday. Of course, he would probably take one look at you and send you right back again, but then you have to expect that.
Jean: Is that so?
Linda: Do you know, I think I could fix you up with Mr. Powell's chauffeur. The chauffeur has a very nice car too.
Jean: Yes, but I understand that Mr. Powell's chauffeur doesn't go as far in his car as Mr. Powell does. . . .
Jean: Hey, that's a kind of good-looking' piece of jackrabbit you got there.
Linda: Oh, it's just a little trinket my "Aunt Susan" sent over.
Jean: Say, I think it's very unselfish of those little animals to give up their lives to keep other animals warm.
Linda: You know, they're very smart little animals. They never give up their lives for the wrong people.
Jean: Well you understand the rodent family much better than I do.
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This is also the movie that give Katharine Hepburn one of the best lines in her career (and, yes, she did say it!): The calla lilies are in bloom again.
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Miss Maven will bloom if you would like to get in touch with her at
theoldmoviemaven@yahoo.com.

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