Stage Mother

Stage Mother

Alice Brady
Director: Charles J. Brabin Cast: Alice Brady
Alice Brady
, Maureen O'Sullivan
Maureen O'Sullivan
, Franchot Tone
Franchot Tone
Charles J. Brabin

DVD (Full Frame)



After the death of her circus-aerialist husband, Kitty Lorraine (Alice Brady) dedicates herself to transforming her daughter Shirley (Maureen O'Sullivan) into a celebrity. Kitty is so determined that Shirley will hit the "big time" that she continues to issue instructions to the girl even while undergoing an emergency appendectomy. Artist Warren Foster (Franchot Tone) upsets Kitty's plans by falling in love with Shirley, so mom plans to throw Foster off the scent by marrying her daughter off to titled nobleman Lord Aylesworth (Phillips Holmes). Finally realizing that she may be loving her girl to death, Kitty reunites Shirley with ever-patient Warren. A blend of themes previously explored by such dramas as Applause and Stella Dallas, Stage Mother was the film that introduced the syrupy ballad "Beautiful Girl," later showcased (and gently mocked) in Singin' in the Rain. The film's best scenes are Alice Brady's verbal duels with her brash business partner Ted Healy -- and incidentally, one of Healy's stooges, the inimitable Larry Fine, shows up in a one-line bit.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/17/2017
UPC: 0888574542009
Original Release: 1933
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:25:00
Sales rank: 55,006

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alice Brady Kitty Lorraine
Maureen O'Sullivan Shirley Lorraine
Franchot Tone Warren Foster
Phillips Holmes Lord Aylesworth
Ted Healy Ralph Martin
Russell Hardie Fred Lorraine
Alan Edwards Dexter
Ben Alexander Francis Nolan
C. Henry Gordon Actor

Technical Credits
Charles J. Brabin Director
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
Nacio Herb Brown Songwriter
George Folsey Cinematographer
Arthur Freed Songwriter
Frank E. Hull Editor
John Meehan Screenwriter
Albertina Rasch Choreography
Bradford Ropes Screenwriter
Hunt Stromberg Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Stage Mother
1. Chapter 1 [8:50]
2. Chapter 2 [7:02]
3. Chapter 3 [8:23]
4. Chapter 4 [4:13]
5. Chapter 5 [4:35]
6. Chapter 6 [7:24]
7. Chapter 7 [7:06]
8. Chapter 8 [7:14]
9. Chapter 9 [10:10]
10. Chapter 10 [7:48]
11. Chapter 11 [5:29]
12. Chapter 12 [6:05]
13. Chapter 13 [:12]
14. Chapter 14 [:01]

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