Gregory La Cava’s Stage Door has an almost surreal atmosphere to it, as it comes across as a film that could come out today and be nearly exactly the same. A mix of young aspiring actresses all living together in a theatre-based hostel, showing their high points and their lows. The behaviours of these women strays from the norm (of what I’ve seen, at least,) for women at that time. Almost every one of them is snarky beyond belief, and it is a joy to watch. They are not quiet, and polite. They’re loud, vivacious, exceedingly sarcastic, and their jokes are told in rapid fire succession.
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There’s a sense of realization that hits the children at the end of the film that for everything that their parents have done for them, they remain all the more ungrateful. There’s a chord that strikes upon every viewing of Leo McCarey’s Make Way for Tomorrow that just leaves me to reflect on what I’ve been doing with my life and it triggers a sense I’m still just not even sure I’m ready for what life would be like without the elders as much as they may have aggravated us. I’m aware there are certain aspects to Make Way for Tomorrow that may not have aged rather well but when you keep its very morals and intentions in mind, it still succeeds because the importance of its message is rather relevant in our world, and the emotion still feels as genuine as it did in 1937. Continue reading →