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Stage Door Canteen

-- Synopsis: Private Ed " Dakota"Smith (William Terry) who portrays a young soldier on leave in NYC visits the famous Manhattan night spot for soldiers called the " Stage Door Canteen," where a cavalcade of stars of theater and film appear and host a U.S.O. recreational center for servicemen during the war. The film caters to a wartime romance when " Dakota" Smith meets Eileen (Cheryl Walker), a pretty young hostess, they fall in love but there is rule about dating service men. Smith and the other servicemen at the canteen enjoy the talents of about five dozen British and American celebrities in this film.

* Many song and dance routines fill the air thru-out this film. There is some very good swing dancing done in this film as well but it is brief. Burlesque Star Gypsy Rose Lee makes an Appearence. Be sure that you get the 132-minute version of this film and not the shorter 93-minute version that cuts out a lot of the performances.


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More Film Information below
Date: Language: Availability:
1943 English [DVD | VHS]
Studio: Format: Genre: 
United Artists Black and White Romance, Musical, WWII, U.S.O.
Runtime: Country Made: Director:
132 minutes USA Frank Borzage
Featured Dancer Featured Dance Films Dance Rating
Ray Bolger Swing Dance Very Good
Known Dancers Choreographers Actors / Actresses
Arthur Walsh C. Bakaleinikoff  (Musical Dir.) Cheryl Walker
George Raft   Ed Wynn
Gypsy Rose Lee   Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy
Ina Claire   Ethel Waters
Irene Thomas   George Jessel
Jack Arkin   George Mathews
Jack Lambert   George Raft
Ray Bolger   Gertrude Lawrence
    Gypsy Rose Lee
    Harpo Marx
    Ina Claire
    Johnny Weissmuller
    Katharine Hepburn
    Lynn Fontaine
    Max Williams
    Mortimer Snerd
    Ralph Bellamy
    Ray Bolger
    Tallulah Bankhead
    William Terry
Dances performed in this Film  Films special dance interest
Ballroom n/a U.S.O. / Canteens
Swing Dance   Servicemen Dancing
    Arthur Walsh
Music Titles in Film Bands / Musicians / Singers Sheet Music Covers
A Rookie and His Rhythm Benny Goodman Orchestra n/a
Alligator and Crocodile Count Basie Orchestra  
American Boy Freddy Martin Orchestra  
Auld Lang Syne Guy Lombardo Orchestra  
Ave Maria, Op.52 No.6 Harry Babbitt  
Don't Worry Island Jack Martin  
Flight of the Bumble Bee Julie Conway  
German National Anthem Kay Kyser Band  
Good Night Sweetheart Peggy Lee  
I left my heart at the Stage Door Canteen Sully Mason  
Machine Gun Song Trudy Erwin  
Marching Through Berlin Xavier Cugat Orchestra  
Rumba Rumba    
She's a Bombshell from Brooklyn    
Sleep Baby Sleep    
String Quartet in C major    
The Girl I Love to Leave Behind    
The Lord's Prayer    
You're Pretty Terrific Yourself    
U.S. Marine Corps Hymn    
We Mustn't Say Goodbye    
We'll Meet in the Funniest Places    
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