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Dramatic School (1938)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 9 December 1938 (USA)
Aspiring actress Louise Muban attends the prestigious Paris School of Drama during the day and works at a dreary factory assembling gas meters at night. She daydreams and "acts" her way ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert B. Sinclair

Writers:

Ernest Vajda (screen play), Mary C. McCall Jr. (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luise Rainer ... Louise Mauban
Paulette Goddard ... Nana
Alan Marshal ... Marquis Andre D'Abbencourt
Lana Turner ... Mado
Genevieve Tobin ... Gina Bertier
John Hubbard ... Fleury (as Anthony Allan)
Henry Stephenson ... Pasquel Sr.
Gale Sondergaard ... Madame Charlot
Melville Cooper ... Boulin
Erik Rhodes ... Georges Mounier
Virginia Grey ... Simone
Ann Rutherford ... Yvonne
Hans Conried ... Ramy
Rand Brooks ... Pasquel Jr.
Jean Chatburn ... Mimi
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Storyline

Aspiring actress Louise Muban attends the prestigious Paris School of Drama during the day and works at a dreary factory assembling gas meters at night. She daydreams and "acts" her way through life, and her fellow students at school begin to suspect her stories are just that - fabrications. After Louise begins to weave an actual meeting with a debonair playboy into a fantasy of club dates and romance, her co-student Nana discovers the lie when she too meets the playboy. Nana sets a trap for Louise, and the result is an end to one fantasy and the realization of another. Written by Ron Kerrigan

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What price fame for innocent beauties seeking careers in the theatre's spotlight! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Coups de théâtre See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was Luise Rainer's last film for M-G-M, the studio for which she had worked since her arrival in the United States four years previously. See more »

Quotes

Pasquel Sr.: No, my son... they'll be no Pasquel the XVI in our family.
Pasquel Jr.: Father, please. I'll learn. I'll improve.
Pasquel Sr.: No, my boy. You can't improve. It breaks my heart, but you've no talent, and you never will have. You're not to blame; I accuse myself. Your mother was a saint, but she was the daughter of a critic. You were doomed from your birth!
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Crazy Credits

Opening card: Behind the enchantment of the footlights there is the hard reality of the long climb to success. Mere talent is not enough -- there must be, in the heart of the young player, a burning love of the stage which would sacrifice all else.

This is the story of Louise Mauban-- a dramatic student -- and her love for the theatre. See more »


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Lost
(1936) (uncredited)
Written by Johnny Mercer, Phil Ohman and Macy Teetor
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Surprisingly good film
13 January 2010 | by losttoSee all my reviews

I was expecting a film barely worth the effort to watch, because of the other reviews,and the fact I'd never heard of it. I was surprised its reviews or obscurity were not true. The story was interesting, and I thought Luise Rainier brought a fey sort of innocence to the part. Her Louise was the perfect foil to the cynical, bitter characters of Nana and Therese. Ranier seems a combination of Hedy Lamar and Ingrid Bergman.

Gale Sondergaard was very good here, as was Goddard. It was interesting to watch such eventual major stars as Lana Turner and Ann Rutherford at the dawn of their careers.


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