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Stage Struck (1936)

Broadway dance director George Randall (Dick Powell) is stuck with staging a Broadway show starring Peggy Revere (Joan Blondell), a wealthy but untalented performer who is starring only ... See full summary »

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Busby Berkeley

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Tom Buckingham (screen play), Pat C. Flick (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Powell ... George Randall
Joan Blondell ... Peggy Revere
Warren William ... Fred Harris
Frank McHugh ... Sid
The Yacht Club Boys The Yacht Club Boys ... Singing Quartette
Jeanne Madden ... Ruth Williams
Carol Hughes ... Gracie
Craig Reynolds ... Gilmore Frost
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Wayne
Johnny Arthur ... Oscar Freud (as Johnnie Arthur)
Spring Byington ... Mrs. Randall
Thomas Pogue Thomas Pogue ... Dr. Stanley (as Thomas Rogue)
Andrew Tombes ... Burns Heywood
Lulu McConnell ... Toots O'Connor
Val Stanton Val Stanton ... Cooper
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Broadway dance director George Randall (Dick Powell) is stuck with staging a Broadway show starring Peggy Revere (Joan Blondell), a wealthy but untalented performer who is starring only because she is backing the show. Tempers flare during rehearsals, but suave producer Fred Harris (Warren William) smooths things over by pretending to each combatant that each one secretly loves the other. Trouble is, Randall really has eyes for chorus girl Ruth Williams (Jeanne Madden). On opening night, the tempestuous Peggy storms out of the production, leaving Ruth to play the lead and carry the show. Can she pull it off? Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caprichos de Estrela See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Dick Powell's doctor ordered him to rest his throat, Warner Bros. considered replacing him with Rudy Vallee. See more »

Quotes

Peggy Revere: Remember the old saying, "All work and no play gathers no moss."
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The Body Beautiful
Written and Performed by The Yacht Club Boys
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Powell got a singing Ruby
4 December 2004 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Stagestruck's biggest asset is the performance of Joan Blondell as the Paris Hilton heiress of the day. Blondell plays Peggy Revere which is a takeoff on Peggy Hopkins Joyce whose antics back in the 30s kept the tabloids buzzing the way the Hilton twins do today. Blondell overacts outrageously, but it's all to the good.

Warren William plays ego-maniacal producer Fred Harris which is also a takeoff of producer Jed Harris. Legend has it that Jed Harris was as full of tricks and deviltry that Warren William's character in Stagestruck is. It's very similar to the John Barrymore character in 20th Century. In fact looking at William's profile it's like looking at a poor man's Barrymore. But that is unfair because Warren William did a lot of good work on screen.

Dick Powell is the director here and he gets a couple of good songs to sing. Mostly he has to act annoyed at Blondell and falling for newcomer Jeanie Madden. Since Powell and Blondell got married right after this film, that may have been the biggest performance in the movie.

Jeanie Madden was the love interest. Ruby Keeler had departed Warner Brothers so Powell got a new Ruby, a singing Ruby. Ruby Keeler's singing voice was as flat as her dramatic delivery. Madden couldn't dance, but she sang beautifully especially in the duet with Powell, Fancy Meeting You. But her acting was as bad as Ruby's and she was gone after two more films.

There was a quartet in the film called the Yacht Club Boys and they had a couple of funny bits, especially one in Warren William's office where William plays a straight man for them (and looks like he's having a ball doing it). I suppose they were too similar in style to the Ritz Brothers over at 20th Century Fox so they were gone after this film.

It's a funny film on its own merits, but unless you know who Peggy Hopkins Joyce and Jed Harris were, a lot of the lines will be lost on you.


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