Morning Glory isn’t an entirely happy choice for Katharine Hepburn but the star provides a strong performance. This one is heavy on legit class and lacks action and sustained conflict.
Story [from the stage play by Zoe Akins] is at great pains to build up the charming character of a well-bred, utterly innocent country girl who comes to Broadway seeking footlight fame. No sooner is the thoroughly lovable figure built to completeness than the hapless little Cinderella is dragged through the mud of backstage casual amours. This happens less than midway of the footage, and thereafter the grip of an engaging story relaxes fatally. The fate of this bedraggled Cinderella becomes a matter of indifference.
Aside from its story defects, the picture is excellent in technique. Dialog is pointed and terse, and the photography is magnificent. A first-rate supporting cast gives Hepburn invaluable co-operation, notably a fine, intelligent handling of the male lead by Douglas Fairbanks Jr and a characteristically suave performance by Adolphe Menjou.
1932/33: Best Actress (Katharine Hepburn)
RKO. Director Lowell Sherman; Producer Pandro S. Berman; Screenplay Howard J. Green; Camera Bert Glennon; Editor William Hamilton; Music Max Steiner; Art Director Van Nest Polglase, Chick Kirk
(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1933. Running time: 70 MIN.
Douglas Fairbanks Jr
C. Aubrey Smith