‘Stage Door Canteen’ 1943

Taking part, in no particular order ……

Gracie Fields, Cheryl Walker, Lon McCallister, Judith Anderson, Tallulah Bankhead, Ray Bolger, Katherine Cornell, Ed Wynn, Helen Hayes, George Jessel, Alfred Lunt, Harpo Marx, Yehudi Menuhin, Elliott Nugent, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Ethel Waters, May Whitty, William Demarest, Katharine Hepburn, Gertrude Lawrence, Ethel Merman, Merle Oberon, Johnny Weissmuller, Edgar Bergen, Jane Cowl, Lynn Fontanne, Paul Muni, George Raft, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Xavier Cugat, Guy Lombardo, Kay Kyser, Gypsy Rose Lee

        • Writers: Delmer Daves (original screenplay)
        • Director: Frank Borzage
        • Producer: Frank Borzage, Sol Lesser, Barney Briskin
        • Original Music: Freddie Rich
        • Cinematography: Harry J Wild
        • Film Editing: Hal C. Kern
        • Art Direction: Victor A Gangelin (interiors)
        • Wardrobe: Alnbert Deano
        • Makeup: Irving Berns

A young soldier, Dakota, on a pass in New York City, visits the famed ‘Stage Door Canteen,’ where famous stars of theatre and film appeared, and hosted a recreational center for servicemen during the war. Dakota meets a pretty young hostess, Eileen, and they enjoy the many entertainers and a growing romance.

Songs:  The Lord’s Prayer * The Machine Gun Song

‘Stage Door Canteen’ lobby card

Stagedoor Canteen 4

Singing ‘The Machine Gun Song’










'Stage Door Canteen'

‘Stage Door Canteen’

The real ‘Stage Door Canteen’ was in the basement of the 44th Street Theatre where Gracie appeared in ‘Top-Notchers‘ in 1942.