Stage Door Canteen

Stage Door Canteen

DVD - 2001
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World War II-era musical about stars entertaining the armed forces in New York, with cameo appearances by nearly seventy Hollywood celebrities.
Publisher: [United States] : Image Entertainment, Inc., 2001
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE STAGE
Characteristics: Laser optical
1 videodiscs (135 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
Notes: Videodisc release of a 1943 motion picture


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Apr 23, 2016

GREAT 1943 b&w 135 minute film - part of American entertainment (stage, screen and radio) support for US participation in WWII.
I can appreciate why it's part of Critics' Choice classic movie collection. I hadn't heard of it before, but I am VERY glad I watched it. It does have an almost comic book quick page turning shift in context and flavor. Lots of cameos by singers/dancers/actors, etc. and it does celebrate American diversity and even briefly acknowledges Chinese and Russian WWII participation, too.
The 135 minutes covers a lot of ground and features many 40's stars I couldn't recognize. Glad I used wikipedia's excellent article to find out things like the identity of the attractive short woman appearing in several sequences (Southern charmer Margaret Early) and lots more.


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