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Cast

Eva Lovelace
Joseph Sheridan
Louis Easton
Rita Vernon
Robert Harley Hedges
Pepe Velez, the Gigolo
Will Seymour
Henry Lawrence
Charles Van Dussen
Gwendolyn Hall
Nellie Navarra
Maid


Credits

Director
Producer
Executive Producer
Screenplay by
Based on the play by
Director of Photography
Art Direction by
Associate Art Director
Set Decorator
Film Editing by
Sound Recordist
Musical Score
Costume Design by
Makeup Artist
Assistant Director
Name

Katharine Hepburn
Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
Adolphe Menjou
Mary Duncan
C. Aubrey Smith
Don Alvarado
Fred Santley
Richard Carle
Tyler Brooke
Deneva Mitchel
Helen Ware
Theresa Harris


Name

Lowell Sherman
Pandro S. Berman
Merian C. Cooper
Howard J. Green
Zoë Akins
Bert Glennon
Van Nest Polglase
Charles Kirk
Ray Moyer
George Nicholls Jr.
Hugh McDowell
Max Steiner
Walter Plunkett
Mel Burns
Tommy Atkins


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Film data

RKO Radio Pictures
74 minutes
Produced: April 21-May 12, 1933

Premiere: August 18, 1933


Synopsis

Fresh from a small town in Vermont, stage struck Eva Lovelace finds New York City a hard, unsympathetic place to find work as an actress. She soon has an affair with Louis Easton, a theatrical manager, and then falls in love with Joseph Sheridan, a young playwright.


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Critics' reviews

Regina Crewe – New York American – 1932
"More an actress, less a ‘personality’, Katharine Hepburn gives reason for rejoicing among the faithful, and cause for defection from the ranks of the sceptics, with a sure, skilful, sound performance."

Hollywood Spectator – 1932
"Miss Hepburn lives the part of the stage-stuck girl, consequently her characterization automatically becomes perfect – a perfect blending of art, soul and intellect."

Richard Watts Jr. – New York Herald Tribune - 1932
"The striking and inescapably fascinating Miss Hepburn proves pretty conclusively in her new film that her fame in the cinema is not a mere flash across the screen.... it is, as I may have hinted, Miss Hepburn who makes Morning Glory something to be seen."

Dave Kehr – Chicago Reader
"Katharine Hepburn won the first of her Oscars for her performance in Lowell Sherman's 1933 film, and it is the best of her early parts. She plays the archetypal stage struck girl, come to Broadway in search of fame and fortune, with an affecting mix of sophistication and compassion – he's a womanizing producer who knows precisely where to draw the line. Sherman died in 1935, at the peak of his creativity. Had he lived, his understanding with would doubtless have made him a rival to Latish."

Andrew Sarris – You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet – 1998
"Hepburn’s performance … [has] a self-mocking irony and delirious rapture that few actresses have ever attempted, much less achieved. It is fantastically original a creation as Garbo's Camille (1937), but whereas Garbo strips away the conventions with a seductive humor, Hepburn explodes the conventions with a baroque hysteria. She is all brashness of youth uncorrupted by the whorishly ingratiating tricks of the grandes dames of the theatre. Take me as I am, rough edges and all, she seemed to say...."


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