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Dramatic School (1938)

Aspiring actress Louise Muban attends the prestigious Paris School of Drama during the day and works at a dreary factory assembling gas meters at night. She daydreams and "acts" her way ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert B. Sinclair

Writers:

Ernest Vajda (screen play), Mary C. McCall Jr. (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luise Rainer ... Louise Mauban
Paulette Goddard ... Nana
Alan Marshal ... Marquis Andre D'Abbencourt
Lana Turner ... Mado
Genevieve Tobin ... Gina Bertier
John Hubbard ... Fleury (as Anthony Allan)
Henry Stephenson ... Pasquel Sr.
Gale Sondergaard ... Madame Charlot
Melville Cooper ... Boulin
Erik Rhodes ... Georges Mounier
Virginia Grey ... Simone
Ann Rutherford ... Yvonne
Hans Conried ... Ramy
Rand Brooks ... Pasquel Jr.
Jean Chatburn ... Mimi
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Storyline

Aspiring actress Louise Muban attends the prestigious Paris School of Drama during the day and works at a dreary factory assembling gas meters at night. She daydreams and "acts" her way through life, and her fellow students at school begin to suspect her stories are just that - fabrications. After Louise begins to weave an actual meeting with a debonair playboy into a fantasy of club dates and romance, her co-student Nana discovers the lie when she too meets the playboy. Nana sets a trap for Louise, and the result is an end to one fantasy and the realization of another. Written by Ron Kerrigan

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Coups de théâtre See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's initial telecast took place in Los Angeles Thursday 15 August 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it first aired in Phiadelphia 29 August 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Chicago 9 October 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Baltimore 29 October 1957 on WJZ (Channel 13), in Seattle 3 November 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Norfolk VA 13 November 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Columbus 21 November 1957 on WLW-C (Channel 4), in Portland OR 1 January 1958 on KGW (Channel 8), in Memphis 2 January 1958 on WHBQ, and in Indianapolis 14 January 1958 on WLW-I (Channel 13) ; it was not aired in San Francisco until 7 December 1962 on KGO (Channel 7) nor in New York City until 24 January 1963 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Quotes

Yvonne: I loathe all this acting business. You can never be yourself.
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Crazy Credits

Opening card: Behind the enchantment of the footlights there is the hard reality of the long climb to success. Mere talent is not enough -- there must be, in the heart of the young player, a burning love of the stage which would sacrifice all else.

This is the story of Louise Mauban-- a dramatic student -- and her love for the theatre. See more »


Soundtracks

It Happpened When Your Eyes Met Mine
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Akst
Lyrics by Roy Turk
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Great 1938 Drama School Film
30 April 2007 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

Always enjoyed the acting of Paulett Goddard who plays the role of (Nana) a young girl who is attending a Drama School in Paris, France along with Lana Turner,(Mado) who are striving to become actresses and have only one desire in their lives. Luise Reiner, (Louise Mauban) is a poor gal who attends the Dramatic School in the daytime and is forced to also work in a factory making gas meters. Louise tells her fellow classmates at the school all kinds of stories about her relationship with a rich playboy who finances plays and is a ladies man. The story gets rather interesting when Louise really gets involved with this playboy who spoils her to death with everything she wants, however, she does notice that he still has an eye for any hot chick that comes along. Great 1938 film with lots of laughs and plenty of dramatic acting. Enjoy.


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