Stage Door Canteen Overview:

Stage Door Canteen (1943) was a Comedy - Musical Film directed by Frank Borzage and produced by Frank Borzage, Sol Lesser and Barney Briskin.

Academy Awards 1943 --- Ceremony Number 16 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Music - ScoringFrederic E. RichNominated
Best Music - SongMusic by James Monaco; Lyrics by Al DubinNominated
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Stage Door Canteen (1943)

By 4 Star Film Fan on May 14, 2016 From 4 Star Films

Director Frank Borzage’s Stage Door Canteen is a gentle-handed piece of propaganda. It plays out rather like a scripted 1940s wartime reality.?It’s less a film and more of a historical relic commemorating the eponymous Stage Door Canteen in New York City. Thus, any effort to give it some... Read full article


Stage Door Canteen (1943)

By 4 Star Film Fan on May 14, 2016 From 4 Star Films

Director Frank Borzage’s Stage Door Canteen is a gentle-handed piece of propaganda. It plays out rather like a scripted 1940s wartime reality.?It’s less a film and more of a historical relic commemorating the eponymous Stage Door Canteen in New York City. Thus, any effort to give it some... Read full article


Stage Door Canteen (1943)

By Beatrice on Oct 12, 2014 From Flickers in Time

Stage Door Canteen Directed by Frank Borzage Written by Delmer Daves 1943/USA Sol Lesser Productions First viewing/Netflix rental This is a review of the kind of acts that played, or might have played, at the Stage Door Canteen operated by the leading lights of the Broadway theater in New York ... Read full article


Musical Monday VETERAN’S DAY DOUBLE FEATURE: “Stage Door Canteen” (1943) and “Hollywood Canteen” (1944)

on Nov 11, 2013 From Comet Over Hollywood

It?s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 500. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. In honor of Veteran’s Day, Comet Over Holly... Read full article


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Most of the cameo appearances in this movie were filmed at the RKO Radio Pictures studio at Culver City in California but a few such as Benny Goodman's were filmed in New York City, the home of the real Stage Door Canteen which was located on 44th Street.
This movie features the only ever on-screen appearance of the famed actress Katharine Cornell.
According to the book 'The Films of World War II' by Joe Morella, Edward Z. Epstein & John Griggs, this movie " . . . was a superstar-studded tribute to the American Theater Wing, which had founded and operated the Stage Door Canteen for the purpose of entertaining servicemen in New York City. The canteen received a percentage of the film's profits so 'Stage Door Canteen' was in reality a big benefit . . . a lot of money was raised for the actual Stage Door Canteen." Moreover, in a review, Bosley Crowther at the time wrote in 'The New York Times' that "90 per cent of the profits from this film are to go to the support and advancement of the American Theatre Wing."
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