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Stage Door (1937); 5th Avenue Girl (1939)

Stage Door (1937)
November 9, 2013 - 7:30 pm

Stage Door (1937)

“Wisecracks ricochet at breakneck speed as the aspiring performers commiserate on demoralizing roles, sleazy agents, and the slop served in the dining hall." --The Village Voice 

Directed by Gregory La Cava

Director Gregory La Cava’s flair for improvisation and high wire performances reaches its zenith in Stage Door, a heady ensemble drama set in a New York boarding house that teams with the wised-up patter of struggling actresses.  Katharine Hepburn and Ginger Rogers spark and spar as unlikely roommates riding waves of success and disappointment---mostly disappointment---in their pursuit of stardom until tragedy strikes.  Stage Door was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.

RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.  Producer: Pandro S. Berman. Based on the play by Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman.  Screenwriter: Morrie Ryskind, Anthony Veiller.  Cinematographer: Robert de Grasse.  Editor: William Hamilton.  Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, Gail Patrick, Constance Collier. 

35mm, b/w, 92 min. 

Watch the trailer below.

5th Avenue Girl (1939)

Directed by Gregory La Cava

When Walter Connolly’s wealthy industrialist strikes up a friendship with Ginger Rogers’ working girl, his jaded patrician brood goes from concern to alarm after he moves her into their palatial 5th Avenue mansion.  Is she a gold digger or has he really fallen in love?  The answers come as brilliant screwball comedy in this late-Depression era social satire.

RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.  Producer: Gregory La Cava.  Screenwriter: Allan Scott.  Cinematographer: Robert de Grasse.  Editor: Robert Wise.  Cast: Ginger Rogers, Walter Connolly, Verree Teasdale, James Ellison, Tim Holt. 

16mm, b/w, 83 min.