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STAGE MOTHER

Showbiz melodrama about vaudeville actress Kitty Lorraine (Alice Brady), pregnant and then widowed when her acrobat husband falls to his death during a performance. The in-laws offer to take her and infant daughter Shirley in, if she will give up show business. Finally fed up with their disapproval after several years, she leaves Shirley with them, and impulsively marries and runs off to the Australian vaudeville circuit with old vaudeville friend Ralph Martin (Ted Healy). The marriage fails due to Ralph's womanizing and drinking, and when Kitty returns home a few years later, she learns that age has caught up and she can't find stage work. She determines to make Shirley (Maureen O'Sullivan) a show business success, and becomes the ultimate stage mother, never to be satisfied until her daughter's name is lit on Broadway. Kitty's ambition extends to lies and blackmail, destroying Shirley's love affair with artist Warren Foster (Franchot Tone), and eventually driving her into a loveless relationship with Lord Reggie Aylesworth.



The Hollywood Reporter (per TCM.com) reported that all three Stooges were to appear in this film. They do not, only Larry in a bit cameo, but there are costume & makeup test photos that show this to be true. These photos show Larry as a bearded Scotsman, Moe as an elfin European, and Curly as either [indeterminate] a Mexican or Mongol. Maureen O'Sullivan's character becomes a Broadway star, and the film presents some musical sequences from that which show her in a fantasy "around-the-world" song & dance. That musical number was apparently edited, and the Stooges were intended as characters in that. The aforementioned test photos of Moe, Larry & Curly also include the three posing with director Charles Brabin, MGM producer David Selznick, clowning with Ted Healy, Alice Brady and Jimmy Durante, and with a studio guard.

Costar Maureen O'Sullivan achieved stardom one year earlier, as 'Jane' in TARZAN, THE APE MAN (1932). Her daughter is actress Mia Farrow (PEYTON PLACE, ROSEMARY'S BABY).

View the original theatrical trailer at TCM.com

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Featuring
Ted Healy and Larry Fine (Solo)
Release Date
September 29, 1933
Studio
MGM
Production Type
Feature Film
Duration
84.5 min.

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Shooting Days:   0 days   From: 1933-08-14   To: 1933-09-01

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Re: STAGE MOTHER
Posted 2010-07-06 21:25:21 by benjilbum
It's intresting to see Larry in his only solo apperance. Even though he only has one line of dialog and is on screen for less than a minute. But for the historic value it's important. The movie itself blows. Healy was NOT funny, although you could see he thought he was.

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