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Morning Glory (RKO 1933, Katharine Hepburn, Douglas Fairbanks)



Katharine Hepburn’s third film and first Oscar-winning performance is an adaptation of a Zoe Atkins play about a very determined woman from New England trying to succeed on the New York stage. Along the way she has to deal with a triangle involving Adolphe Menjou and Douglas Fairbanks. Remade by Sidney Lumet in 1958 as ‘Stage Struck’ with Susan Strasberg.

Zoe Atkins, whose play became Morning Glory, based the part of Eva (Katherine Hepburn) on her friend Tallulah Bankhead. Hepburn, who allegedly did not approve of Bankhead, insisted the part be re-written for her.

production details
USA | RKO | 74 minutes | 1933

Director: Lowell Sherman
Producer: Pandro S. Berman
Original Story: Howard J. Green
Cinematography: Bert Glennon
Editor: William Hamilton
Music: Max Steiner
Art Direction: Charles Kirk, Van Nest Polglase

John Carradine as Dream Apparition (uncredited)
Katharine Hepburn as Eva Lovelace
C. Aubrey Smith as Robert Harley ‘Bob’ Hedges
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. as Joseph Sheridan
Adolphe Menjou as Louis Easton
Mary Duncan as Rita Vernon
Don Alvarado as Pepi Velez
Fred Santley as Will Seymour (as Fredric Santly)
Richard Carle as Henry Lawrence
Tyler Brooke as Charles Van Duesen
Geneva Mitchell as Gwendolyn Hall
Helen Ware as Nellie Navarre
Theresa Harris as Minor Role (uncredited)
Lloyd Ingraham as Minor Role (uncredited)
Sana Rayya as Emma (uncredited)