Production Company: RKO Radio Pictures
Distributor: RKO Radio Pictures
Top Billed: Katharine Hepburn, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Adolphe Menjou
IMDb Rating: 6.6
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Won 1 Oscar:
Best Actress - Katharine Hepburn
Nominated for 0 more
Plot: A naive actress talks and sleeps her way for a chance at stardom on Broadway.
Hepburn's character isn't all that likeable. She is a constant chatterbox and has so much aspiration and ambition, she sounds like a raving lunatic at times. This aspect of her character is done beautifully well by Hepburn. As I said before, she dominates each and every scene and it is easy to see that she has so many successful years ahead of her. I also liked the background music in the film. Gone are the days of white noise of the early talkies and it is a pleasure to hear how music is now being incorporated into the movies. For the entirety of the party scene in the second act, we hear constant strings. It is not to the point where music is a firm player in the narrative, but it is a step in the right direction.
There are a few minor gripes I have with this film. Mary Duncan is a little too over the top in her role as the snobby stage star. I would have also liked to see some of the performances of the plays the film constantly references. Where as the last movie I watched for this project, 42nd Street (1933) is a backstage musical, this film is strictly backstage. Also like 42nd Street, the star of the show can't play on opening night so a different actress has to (enter Hepburn). It is a strange coincidence that this same plot point happens to consecutive movies in this project. Like the last movie, I could see it from a mile away.
Overall, Hepburn plays a strong lead to nab her first Oscar while a dull plot that only references plays holds the film back.
My Score: 6/10