Screening Now Online: 'Stage Door Canteen'

Hey, do you enjoy Hollywood stars from the 1940s? Well, you may be interested to know that last Saturday's Classic Cool Theater feature, "Stage Door Canteen," features all of them.

Katharine Hepburn leads a cast that includes Harpo Marx, Tallulah Bankhead, Jack Benny, Ray Bolger, Gracie Fields, Gypsy Rose Lee, Ethel Merman, Ethel Waters Ed Wynn, Count Basie, Xavier Cugat, Benny Goodman, Peggy Lee and yet even more famous faces from back in the day. It's a who's-who of World War II-era performers, and that's fitting, because "Stage Door Canteen" is a tribute to the days of the star-studded shows that once entertained WWII troops.

Hit the links below to check out all the segments of this Classic Cool Theater package!

  • Click here to read Aaron Schrank's column on the history behind the real-life Stage Door Canteen and the movie it inspired.
  • Click here to watch the feature presentation of "Stage Door Canteen"
  • Click here to watch this week's cartoon, the classic Superman short "Secret Agent"
  • Click here to listen to the Andrews Sisters singing "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree"
  • And click here to watch a newsreel about the real-life Stage Door Canteen and Hollywood Canteen

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This listing is historically inaccurate. The Stage Door Canteen in NYC and others in the U.S., London and Paris had nothing to do with the U.S.O., but were instead a project of the American Theatre Wing, the not-for-profit service organization which is today perhaps best known as the founder and co-presenter of The Tony Awards. Proceeds from the film benefited ATW’s wartime service activities.


Hi. You're right. The references to the U.S.O. were erroneous and have been removed from his post. Thanks for the correction.