Even though it makes an attempt to poke fun at the show-must-go-on thing, Stage Struck is cut from the same old pattern, gravitating between moments of sizzling comedy and long stretches of dull palaver.
Picture takes a pretzel-like course in recounting the conventional yarn [by Robert Lord] about the unknown kid who makes good as the last-minute fill-in for the show’s star. Musical interludes [songs by E.Y. Harburg and Harold Arlen] are kept down to the minimum.
With her material anything but surefire, Joan Blondell unlimbers a likable grade of comedy. Hers is the part of the dame whose only claim to fame is a penchant for drilling her troublesome boy friends and the newsprint attention that goes with such incidents. She backs herself to the lead part in a musical show where Dick Powell functions as director. A clash of temperaments ends that venture and the pair meet again in her next bit of angeling.
Paired with Powell for the romantic byplay, Jeanne Madden does okay for a starter.