Curtain Call (1940)

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A naive playwright sells her awful play, "The End of Everything," to two Broadway producers who want to get even with an ungrateful star.


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6 March 2019 | MartinHafer
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| A lousy actress plus a lousy play spell trouble for the producer and director!
This film is about two people filled with huberis. One is a talentless writer who thinks she's written a play that is genius....the other an actress who thinks she is what makes plays successful...not the director or producer.

When the story begins, Donald Avery (Alan Mowbray) is on vaction...but folks keep pestering him because he's a famous Broadway producer. In particular, Helen Middleton (Barbara Read) has the nerve to try to get him to read her play...even though she's never written or published anything before. He essentially blows her off...telling her to submit the play to his secretary.

The trip is suddenly canceled when Avery's producer, Jeff Crandall (Donald McBride) calls him in a panic...their leading lady, Charlotte Morley (Helen Vincent) is talking about walking as soon as her contract is over...and she only owes them one more play. So, Jeff tries to pull a fast one...and looks for the worst play he can find...and it turns out to be Helen's. His notion is to tell Charlotte she'll have to star in this god-awful play....and teach her a lesson in humility. There's a problem with his plan...Charlotte loves the play and insists they do it! So what next? See the film.

This is a cute little comedy...not brilliant...but quite enjoyable. The best thing about it are McBride and Mowbray. The script by Dalton Trumbo is also quite nice. Overall, a clever little film, though I did not exactly love the ending.

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Genres

Comedy | Romance

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Release Date:

26 April 1940

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

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