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Stage Mother(1933)

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According to Hollywood Reporter and Motion Picture Herald pre-production news items, Frank Morgan was to appear in this film. Motion Picture Herald and Hollywood Reporter also mention Enrico Caruso, Jr. and T. Roy Barnes as cast members, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. In addition to Ted Healy, an Hollywood Reporter news item announced that the "Three Stooges" would appear in the film. Only Stooge Larry Fine was identifed in the viewed print, however. The Variety review complained that the use of a double in Maureen O'Sullivan's dance scenes "might have been a bit more skillyfully blended, as the fade-ins from the long-shots to her close-ups evidence a marked retarding of tempo as the heroine is shown ad libbing or faking it, more or less." Variety also speculated that the "big-moment" scene between "Shirley" and "Warren" might be "sheared in some states" because of censorship problems.