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Stage Door Canteen (1943)

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Stage Door Canteen

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The film is set in the "Stage Door Canteen", a recreational center in New York for servicemen on leave, where they were served by theatrical volunteers. As the real Stage Door Canteen was busy, it was rebuild in New York and at RKO.
The story follows several women volunteers at the canteen. One of them, an aspiring actress, works there in the hope of getting discovered and falls in love with one of the soldiers, which is frowned upon as the servicemen are about to go into combat. The film is more or less a musical variety show with countless cameos of famous entertainers.


Judith Anderson  
Henry Armetta  
Benny Baker  
Tallulah Bankhead  
Ralph Bellamy  
Edgar Bergen  
Ray Bolger  
Fred Brady   "Jersey" Wallace
Helen Broderick  
Ina Claire  
Katherine Cornell  
Lloyd Corrigan  
Jane Cowl  
Jane Darwell  
William Demarest  
Margaret Early   Ella Sue
Viginia Field  
Dorothy Fields  
Gracie Fields  
Lynn Fontanne  
Arlene Francis  
Vinton Freedly  
Billy Gilbert  
Lucile Gleason  
Vera Gordon  
Viginia Grey  
Michael Harrison (Sunset Carson)   "Texas"
Helen Hayes  
Katharine Hepburn  
Hugh Herbert  
Jean Hersholt  
Sam Jaffe  
Allen Jenkins  
George Jessel  
Roscoe Karns  
Virginia Kaye  
Tom Kennedy  
Dorothea Kent   Mamie
Otto Kruger  
June Lang  
Betty Lawford  
Gertrude Lawrence  
Gypsy Rose Lee  
Peggy Lee  
Alfred Lunt  
Bert Lytell  
Aline MacMahon  
Harpo Marx  
Elsa Maxwell  
Charlie McCarthy  
Lon McCallister   "California"
Helen Menken  
Yehudi Menuhin  
Ethel Merman  
Ralph Morgan  
Alan Mowbray  
Paul Muni  
Elliott Nugent  
Patrick O'Moore   Australian
Merle Oberon  
Franklin Pangborn  
Helen Parrish  
Brock Pemberton  
George Raft   Dishwasher
Marjorie Riordan   Jean Rule
Ruth Roman   bit part
Lanny Ross  
Selena Royle  
Martha Scott  
Marion Shockley   Lillian
Cornelia Otis Skinner  
Ned Sparks  
Bill Stern  
William Terry   Ed "Dakota" Smith
Cheryl Walker   Eileen
Ethel Waters  
Johnny Weissmuller   Dame May Whitty
Ed Wynn   Guest bit
Count Basie Band  
Benny Goodman Band  
Guy Lombardo Band  
Xavier Cugat Band  
Kay Kyser Band  
Freddy Martin Band  

Director  Frank Borzage
Written by  Delmer Daves
Cinematography by  Harry J. Wild
Music  James V. Monaco
  Freddie Rich
Musical director  C. Bakaleinikoff
Production design  Harry Horner
Art director  Hans Peters
Costume design  Albert Deano
Editor  Hal C. Kern
Producer  Sol Lesser
Production company / Distributor  Sol Lesser / United Artists
Runtime  132 min.
Release date  12 May 1943
New York opening  24 Jun 1943

This site uses material originally created by Frank Bland for his website Why A Duck?. Frank did kindly give me permission to use this material.

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