Stage Mother (1933)

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A vaudeville star has to leave her daughter with her dead husband's stuffy Boston parents while she makes a living. But when the daughter shows some talent, the mother become a stage mother... See full summary »



  • Maureen O'Sullivan and Alice Brady in Stage Mother (1933)
  • Alice Brady in Stage Mother (1933)
  • Maureen O'Sullivan and Alice Brady in Stage Mother (1933)
  • Maureen O'Sullivan and Alice Brady in Stage Mother (1933)
  • Maureen O'Sullivan, Alice Brady, C. Henry Gordon, and Leo White in Stage Mother (1933)
  • Maureen O'Sullivan and Franchot Tone in Stage Mother (1933)

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30 January 2009 | ksf-2
| Mom pushes daughter right into show biz
With the rows and rows of dancing girls all in unison, I would have sworn that Busby Berkley or Ziegfeld had to be involved in this, but no sign of them mentioned on IMDb. Alice Brady is Kitty Lorraine, the pushy mom who makes sure her daughter Shirley (Maureen O Sullivan) gets ahead in show biz. As usual, Brady is loud and a little lower-class, but you know exactly where you stand, and she means well. O'Sullivan made a whole bunch of Tarzan movies, and was in the Thin Man. Franchot Tone is Shirley's boyfriend in one of his earliest film roles. O'Sullivan sings (or pretends to sing) several numbers. Story is soooo similar to Gypsy Rose Lee... she would have been about 20 when this film came out. Novel and screenplay of "Stage Mother" written by Bradford Ropes. Viewers will recognize Alice Brady as the silly giggling aunt from Gay Divorcée; she seems to have died young at 47. The cast list shows Larry Fine (one of the Stooges) as a customer in the music store, but I must have missed him. Fun story. Plot starts a little slow and sad, but gets better as it goes along. Director Charles Brabin had been making films for 20 years, and this was one of the last ones he made. Turner Classic shows this now & then, and has it listed as G rated, but that can't be right....

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