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Stage Struck (1958)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 22 April 1958 (USA)
A young woman arrives in New York City determined to become a great theatrical star, but discovers that her goal may not be as easily attainable as she had hoped.

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Sidney Lumet

Writers:

Ruth Goetz (screen play), Augustus Goetz (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Henry Fonda ... Lewis Easton
Susan Strasberg ... Eva Lovelace
Joan Greenwood ... Rita Vernon
Herbert Marshall ... Robert Harley Hedges
Christopher Plummer ... Joe Sheridan
Daniel Ocko Daniel Ocko ... Constantine
Pat Harrington Sr. ... Benny (as Pat Harrington)
Frank Campanella Frank Campanella ... Victor
John Fiedler ... Adrian
Pat Englund Pat Englund ... Gwen Hall
Jack Weston ... Frank
Sally Gracie Sally Gracie ... Elizabeth
Nina Hansen ... Regina
Harold Grau Harold Grau ... Stage Doorman
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Storyline

This movie tells the story of Eva Lovelace, a girl who comes to New York City in order to become a great actress. With hard work, she succeeds in working at a theatre and finally gets her chance on stage after a great deal of changes and difficulties. Written by Volker Boehm

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Ten thousand girls dream her dream every night.

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stage Struck See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Roger C. Carmel's film debut. See more »

Quotes

Lewis Easton: [to Eva] You're a hungry little girl - the theater's offering you a feast.
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31 March 2005 | by RanchoTuVuSee all my reviews

Susan Strasberg plays Eva Lovelace, an aspiring Broadway actress possessed by some theatric god that directs her to precisely pronounce and deliver each and every word with impeccable timing. She comes to New York by way of Vermont where she performed in numerous summer stock productions and her persistence and personality capture the attention of playwright Joe Sheridan (Peter Cushing) and actor Robert Marley Hedges (Herbert Marshall). Producer Lewis Easton (Henry Fonda) tells her to study the Actor's Studio (would that be Lee Strasberg's school of method acting?) but she doesn't want to dilute her gift by having it altered in an acting school. Strasberg's performance makes and at times almost breaks this picture. It manages to annoy and captivate, often simultaneously. When she delivers Juliet's lines on the stairway of Easton's swank townhome after drinking four or five glasses of Champaigne in front of a party of theater luminaries, it knocks you out. It is as if Eva Lovelace is playing Susan Strasberg. In any event, she (Strasberg) has an unusual beauty and sincerity that come shining through in spite of the theatrics.


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