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Stage Door Canteen (1943)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 22 November 1943 (UK)
"Dakota," a young soldier on a pass in New York City, visits the famed Stage Door Canteen, where famous stars of the theatre and films appear and host a recreational center for servicemen ... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writer:

Delmer Daves (original screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judith Anderson ... Judith Anderson
Kenny Baker ... Kenny Baker
Tallulah Bankhead ... Tallulah Bankhead
Ralph Bellamy ... Ralph Bellamy
Edgar Bergen ... Edgar Berger
Charlie McCarthy ... Charlie McCarthy
Ray Bolger ... Ray Bolger
Ina Claire ... Ina Claire
Katharine Cornell Katharine Cornell ... Katherine Cornell
Gracie Fields ... Gracie Fields
Lynn Fontanne ... Lynn Fontaine
Helen Hayes ... Helen Hayes
Katharine Hepburn ... Katharine Hepburn
Hugh Herbert ... Hugh Herbert
Jean Hersholt ... Jean Hersholt
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Storyline

"Dakota," a young soldier on a pass in New York City, visits the famed Stage Door Canteen, where famous stars of the theatre and films appear and host a recreational center for servicemen during the war. Dakota meets a pretty young hostess, Eileen, and they enjoy the many entertainers and a growing romance. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Musical | Romance | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | Spanish

Release Date:

22 November 1943 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Chuva de Estrelas See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sol Lesser Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The real Stage Door Canteen on 44th Street was unable to be used for the filming as it was still an operating nightclub during World War II. As such, for this movie, it was re-created in the RKO Radio Pictures studio at Culver City (CA), which wasn't actually in New York. See more »

Quotes

Lynn Fontaine: I do say it myself. I can flirt up a pretty sandwich. This is for my darling.
Alfred Lunt: Wellll... thank you my dear!
Lynn Fontaine: Ohh, it's not for you. It's for that adorable sailor from Savannah.
Alfred Lunt: Oh, is that the boy who came up to me the other day and said, "Thank you Mr. Lunt" and I said you're welcome but what for? And he said, "I'm having so much fun with your wife?"
Lynn Fontaine: Oh no, no. That boy came from Norfolk.
Alfred Lunt: Oh, you do get around don't you!
Lynn Fontaine: I don't but the sailors do.
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Crazy Credits

All rights granted by the American Theater Wing which gratefully acknowledges and credits the producers, stars and members of all the theatrical unions, guilds, crafts and associations for their participation in the creation and continuance of the original Stage Door Canteen. See more »

Alternate Versions

Many prints run at 93 minutes, cutting out many performances. See more »

Connections

Featured in TCM Guest Programmer: Alfred Uhry (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Quick Sands
(1943)
Music by James V. Monaco
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Played by Count Basie and His Orchestra (credited as Count Basie Orchestra)
Sung by Ethel Waters (uncredited)
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What Stars!
25 February 2005 | by beatleman6See all my reviews

Saw this one on Turner Classic Movies last month. What a time capsule. My dad went to the Canteen several times during the war. After watching this movie he said it was like reliving a special memory. Having not been born during this time, I still found it a fascinating movie. I did not enjoy all of the artists that appeared in the film, however I did enjoy the patriotic sentiment shared by all. (I wish that there was a way to transfer that feeling to the present day). My favorite song from the movie was Guy Lombardo's Sleep Baby Sleep In My Jeep. I also enjoyed Tallulah Bankhead's cameo with the young soldier. If you get a chance,catch this movie the next time it comes on. You will definitely be transported to a gentler, simpler time.


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