Stage Door Canteen | Chicago Reader

Stage Door Canteen

A curio from 1943, set in a servicemen's canteen where the guest celebrities outnumber the soldiers by about ten to one. Frank Borzage, one of the finest directors of the 30s and 40s, has little to do but direct traffic here, but he manages to get such diverse personalities as Tallulah Bankhead and Edgar Bergen, Helen Hayes and Johnny Weissmuller, on and off screen with a measure of dignity. The nonstop swing sound track features Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Xavier Cugat, and, alas, Kay Kyser and Guy Lombardo.

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