Stage Door
First screened in May 2000 / Most recently screened in December 2015
Director: Gregory La Cava. Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, Andrea Leeds, Gail Patrick, Lucille Ball, Eve Arden, Constance Collier, Ann Miller, Phyllis Kennedy, Margaret Early, Jean Rouverol, Elizabeth Dunne, Norma Drury, Jane Rhodes, Peggy O'Donnell, Jan Wiley, Jack Carson, Samuel S. Hinds, Franklin Pangborn, William Corson, Pierre Watkin, Grady Sutton, Frank Reicher. Screenplay: Morrie Ryskind and Anthony Veiller (based on the play by Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman).

Twitter Capsule: Its famous denouement is actually the weakest part, and even that's delicious. Energetic, comic, compassionate at once.

VOR:   Mostly constituted of deep-space, complexly blocked shots of colorful, articulate, funny women having subtly complicated conversations about professional dreams. I.e., a unicorn.

Photo © 1937 RKO Radio Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full, but you can read more about Andrea Leeds's performance here. Grade: A–

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Picture
Best Director: Gregory LaCava
Best Supporting Actress: Andrea Leeds
Best Screenplay: Morrie Ryskind and Anthony Veiller

Other Awards:
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Director

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