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Stagestruck

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.

With:
Dick Powell Joan Blondell Warren William Frank McHugh Jeanne Madden Carol Hughes

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.

Stagestruck

Production: Warner. Director Busby Berkeley; Screenplay Tom Buckingham, Pat C. Flick; Camera Byron Haskin

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1936. Running time: 90 MIN.

With: Dick Powell Joan Blondell Warren William Frank McHugh Jeanne Madden Carol Hughes

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