Stage Struck

Stage Struck

Gloria Swanson
Director: Allan Dwan Cast: Gloria Swanson
Gloria Swanson
, Lawrence Gray [act]
Lawrence Gray [act]
, Gertrude Astor
Gertrude Astor
Allan Dwan

DVD (Black & White)

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Although she is largely remembered for her lavish screen outfits and highly dramatic vehicles, Gloria Swanson started off her career as a comedienne, and even at the height of her fame, she sometimes performed in films that played down her wardrobe and emphasized her comic ability. Stage Struck, parts of which were shot on location in New Martinsville, WV, is one of her funny mid-'20s vehicles. Although a bit light in the plot department, the film also has a great supporting cast, including ex-Mack Sennett star Ford Sterling and the highly capable and very statuesque Gertrude Astor. To please the fans who did want to see some glamour, the picture starts off with Swanson's character, Jenny Hagen, daydreaming that she has become another Sarah Bernhardt. The sequence (shot in color) fades to reveal that Jenny is really a waitress in a diner. Her boyfriend is Orme Wilson (Lawrence Gray), the head cook, and her real dream is that they will one day have their own eatery. But Wilson has one weakness -- his fascination with actresses. A riverboat theater comes to town, and he has a flirtation with its star, Lillian Lyons (Astor). Desperate to keep her man, Jenny convinces the manager of the floating theater, Waldo Buck (Sterling), to allow her to go on-stage. He introduces her as the "Masked Marvel" and sets her up in a boxing match with Lillian. Instead of being enthralled, Wilson is disgusted, so Jenny, in despair, attempts to throw herself overboard. Instead, her bloomers catch on a hook, leaving her suspended in midair. While she's hanging there, she and Wilson straighten things out, and by the time he rescues her, they have made up.

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Product Details

Release Date: 04/10/2018
UPC: 0738329229634
Original Release: 1925
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [silent, Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:24:00
Sales rank: 50,331

Special Features

Audio commentary by Frederic Lombardi, author of Allan Dwan and the Rise and Decline of the Hollywood Studios Piano score composed and performed by Andrew Simpson

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gloria Swanson Jennie Hagen
Lawrence Gray [act] Orme Wilson
Gertrude Astor Lillian Lyons
Emil Hoch Mr. Wagner
Ford Sterling Buck

Technical Credits
Allan Dwan Director,Producer
Frank R. Adams Original Story
Forrest Halsey Screenwriter
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
George Webber Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Stage Struck
1. The Greatest Actress [8:41]
2. Flimmin' Wheat-Cakes [9:22]
3. Jenny's Ambitions [8:56]
4. The Wataer Queen [7:10]
5. A Lady Without [11:22]
6. All Dolled Up [8:44]
7. Buck's Drum [5:08]
8. Local Star [8:14]
9. Boxing Bout [9:52]
10. Overboard [6:51]

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