Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA, 1933. RKO Radio Pictures. Screenplay by Howard J. Green, based on the play by Zoe Akins. Cinematography by Bert Glennon. Produced by Pandro S. Berman. Music by Max Steiner. Production Design by Charles M. Kirk, Van Nest Polglase. Costume Design by Walter Plunkett. Film Editing by William Hamilton. Academy Awards 1932/1933.
Katharine Hepburn won her first of four Academy Awards for this enjoyable distraction about a wannabe actress looking to crash her way into the world of Broadway success. She charms producers and directors, she delivers drunken Shakespearean monologues at late-night parties, and through it all we’re wondering if she’ll end up in the big time or living on the casting couch. Hepburn’s endless vigour livens up a pretty hammy story that doesn’t take long to figure out (or to even watch: the film only runs just over an hour).