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Dramatic School (1938)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 9 December 1938 (USA)
Aspiring actress Louise Muban attends the prestigious Paris School of Drama during the day and works at a dreary factory assembling gas meters at night. She daydreams and "acts" her way ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert B. Sinclair

Writers:

Ernest Vajda (screen play), Mary C. McCall Jr. (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luise Rainer ... Louise Mauban
Paulette Goddard ... Nana
Alan Marshal ... Marquis Andre D'Abbencourt
Lana Turner ... Mado
Genevieve Tobin ... Gina Bertier
John Hubbard ... Fleury (as Anthony Allan)
Henry Stephenson ... Pasquel Sr.
Gale Sondergaard ... Madame Charlot
Melville Cooper ... Boulin
Erik Rhodes ... Georges Mounier
Virginia Grey ... Simone
Ann Rutherford ... Yvonne
Hans Conried ... Ramy
Rand Brooks ... Pasquel Jr.
Jean Chatburn ... Mimi
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Storyline

Aspiring actress Louise Muban attends the prestigious Paris School of Drama during the day and works at a dreary factory assembling gas meters at night. She daydreams and "acts" her way through life, and her fellow students at school begin to suspect her stories are just that - fabrications. After Louise begins to weave an actual meeting with a debonair playboy into a fantasy of club dates and romance, her co-student Nana discovers the lie when she too meets the playboy. Nana sets a trap for Louise, and the result is an end to one fantasy and the realization of another. Written by Ron Kerrigan

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What price fame for innocent beauties seeking careers in the theatre's spotlight! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Coups de théâtre See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Franchot Tone was briefly scheduled to appear in the male lead. See more »

Quotes

Yvonne: I loathe all this acting business. You can never be yourself.
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Crazy Credits

Opening card: Behind the enchantment of the footlights there is the hard reality of the long climb to success. Mere talent is not enough -- there must be, in the heart of the young player, a burning love of the stage which would sacrifice all else.

This is the story of Louise Mauban-- a dramatic student -- and her love for the theatre. See more »


Soundtracks

It Happpened When Your Eyes Met Mine
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Akst
Lyrics by Roy Turk
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some big names in this focus on stage actresses.
12 December 2017 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

In the very first scene, we see Margaret Dumont teaching a "movement" class. now.. anyone who has EVER seen a Marx Brothers film knows Dumont as the foil for the various Marx boys. I kept waiting for her to start joking around. Many big hollywood names in here -- Paulette Goddard, Lana Turner (at 17 !) , Henry Stephenson, Gale Sondergaard, Erik Rhodes. The usual antics of students learning their trade in school... in this case, drama. The girls play tricks on each other, but sometimes they backfire. SO many little subplots going on, and each of these great actors all seem to be the star in their own story. It really is an ensemble group, similar to an episode of Seinfeld. It's quite good, but I think they should have concentrated more on just one of the storylines. "Louise" (Luise Rainer) is acting, and over-acting all the way through; her character is always making up stories for appearance, and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Some similarities to "Stage Door", with k. hepburn, but this one has far less tragedy... Directed by Robert Sinclair. This was one of the first films he did. Many years later, Sinclair would be murdered by a prowler on his own property. Hopefully they will show this one more frequently on Turner Classics; has some great names from early hollwood in here. It's pretty good!


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