Stage Struck (1936)

90-91 mins | Musical | 12 September 1936

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HISTORY

Var notes that Joan Blondell and Dick Powell were married shortly before the film's release. According to MPH , Pat O'Brien was suspended when he rejected an assignment in this film. A news item in HR states that Warner Bros. considered replacing Dick Powell, whose doctor had ordered him to rest his throat, with Rudy Vallee, whose recent alimony problems had been cleared up, allowing him to return to ... More Less

Var notes that Joan Blondell and Dick Powell were married shortly before the film's release. According to MPH , Pat O'Brien was suspended when he rejected an assignment in this film. A news item in HR states that Warner Bros. considered replacing Dick Powell, whose doctor had ordered him to rest his throat, with Rudy Vallee, whose recent alimony problems had been cleared up, allowing him to return to California. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
6 Aug 36
p. 3.
Film Daily
11 Aug 36
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
7 May 36
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Aug 36
p. 4.
Motion Picture Daily
7 Aug 36
p. 10.
Motion Picture Herald
6 Jun 36
p. 43.
Motion Picture Herald
15 Aug 36
p. 59.
MPSI
1 Aug 36
p. 8.
New York Times
28 Sep 36
p. 14.
Variety
30 Sep 36
p. 17.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
Story
Contr to scr const
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Orch arr
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
SOURCES
SONGS
"In Your Own Quiet Way," "Fancy Meeting You," "You're Kinda Grandish" and "The New Parade," words and music by E. Y. Harburg and Harold Arlen
"The Income Tax" and "The Body Beautiful," words and music by the Yacht Club Boys.
DETAILS
Release Date:
12 September 1936
Production Date:
began 11 May 1936
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
8 September 1936
Copyright Number:
LP6577
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
90-91
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2074
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Dance director George Randall walks out of a show he is rehearsing when the star is replaced by Peggy Revere, a woman whose only claim to fame is that she shot her husband. After learning that George is at liberty, producer Fred Harris hires him for his new show. What George doesn't know is that Peggy is backing this show and plans to star in it as well. She is furious when she learns that George has been hired and tears up his contract. Fred decides that he will use psychology to reconcile Peggy and George, by convincing her that hatred is really a sign of love. Embarrassed to admit that she doesn't know what Fred is talking about, she believes him and decides she and George are in love with each other. Meanwhile, George has fallen in love with Ruth Williams, who wants a job in show business. George tries to talk Ruth out of her ambitions because he believes that show business will corrupt her. Determined to get a job, Ruth decides to approach Fred on her own. Hoping to impress her, Gilmore Frost, an actor, helps Ruth get the job, making George feel that she was only being nice to him because of his position. Then when Ruth sees George singing a new love song to Peggy, she thinks he is in love with her. During the out-of-town tryouts, the show is a failure because Peggy is so untalented. She quarrels with Frost and he hits her. When George insists that she must go to the hospital for an X-ray, Ruth prepares to go on stage ... +


Dance director George Randall walks out of a show he is rehearsing when the star is replaced by Peggy Revere, a woman whose only claim to fame is that she shot her husband. After learning that George is at liberty, producer Fred Harris hires him for his new show. What George doesn't know is that Peggy is backing this show and plans to star in it as well. She is furious when she learns that George has been hired and tears up his contract. Fred decides that he will use psychology to reconcile Peggy and George, by convincing her that hatred is really a sign of love. Embarrassed to admit that she doesn't know what Fred is talking about, she believes him and decides she and George are in love with each other. Meanwhile, George has fallen in love with Ruth Williams, who wants a job in show business. George tries to talk Ruth out of her ambitions because he believes that show business will corrupt her. Determined to get a job, Ruth decides to approach Fred on her own. Hoping to impress her, Gilmore Frost, an actor, helps Ruth get the job, making George feel that she was only being nice to him because of his position. Then when Ruth sees George singing a new love song to Peggy, she thinks he is in love with her. During the out-of-town tryouts, the show is a failure because Peggy is so untalented. She quarrels with Frost and he hits her. When George insists that she must go to the hospital for an X-ray, Ruth prepares to go on stage instead of Peggy. At the last minute, Peggy bursts in and insists she is able to perform. Upon seeing Frost, she shoots him. The police arrest her and take Frost away, too. Now that the show is taken care of, George, who will substitute for Frost, asks Ruth to marry him. +

Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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