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Stage Door Canteen (1943)

"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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Comedy | Musical | Romance | War

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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 failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Quotes

Dubious Army Sergeant: Look, I've been in both these here wars and I've been in plenty of joints, but I just can't figure this one out.
Dakota Smith: Whaddya mean, Sarge?
Dubious Army Sergeant: Well, you come in, you get free chow, free entertainment, free dancing, and with dames that come right up and ask for out to. What I'd like to know is, when do we get clipped?
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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

In many public domain prints, the scene involving Sam Jaffe and some of our Russian allies is missing (victim of Cold War re-editing of historical fact), as is the scene with Johnny Roventini (no longer "politically correct" in this cancer-conscious age). See more »


Soundtracks

Don't Worry Island
(1943)
Music by James V. Monaco
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Played by the Freddy Martin Orchestra
Sung by an unidentified trio and chorus (uncredited)
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The perfect cinematic reflection of an era.
23 May 1999 | by piapiaSee all my reviews

I am old enough to have seen Stage Door Canteen when it first appeared.It was a morale booster, and nothing more than a delightful musical with a lot of big bands and performers. But after more than 50 years, it is not only a wonderful piece of nostalgia, but the perfect reflection of an era and of the spiritual climate of the war years. It is now that I can understand that the miracle is that Frank Borzage was called to direct it. All the classic Borzage feeling is present, and the sentimental master was able to make gold out of Delmer Daves' sentimental dialog. I wonder why these two gifted gentlemen did not collaborate again. I strongly recommend that every old timer who remembers the war years, the forties, the music, the bands and the feeling, should see again this picture which has become a magnificent piece of authentic nostalgia. I own it and intend to see it again and again.


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