Morning Glory (1933)


“Every year, in every theater, some young person makes a hit. Sometimes it’s a big hit, sometimes a little one. It’s a distinct success, but how many of them keep their heads? How many of them work? Youth comes to the fore. Youth has its hour of glory. But too often it’s only a morning glory – a flower that fades before the sun is very high.” – Robert Harley Hedges

Number of Times Seen – 1 (24 Sep 2019)

Brief Synopsis – An aspiring actress is groomed by numerous admirers in the industry who all want to help her become famous.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been interested in seeing for quite a long time, yet never got around to seeing it until now during my quest to see all films that feature Oscar nominated performances.

Katherine Hepburn is great in the lead role and she shows how far a talented actress might go in order to finally get the kind of parts she feels she is deserving of in order to realize her dream.

This story isn’t a fairy tale and it gets a bit dark at certain points which helps hammer in the idea that there are times in people lives where they will do things that they know they shouldn’t do in order to find a way to get ahead in life and in their profession in leaps and bounds.

This film does a great job of showing how the entertainment industry hasn’t changed much in 85 years because scenarios depicted here could still conceivably happen today in similar ways which keeps things feeling all too relevant. so many years later.

Hepburn went on to win her first (of four) Oscars for Best Actress for her performance in this film.

Her costars Douglas Fairbanjks Jr. and Adolph Menjou are also both great in their roles and perfectly show how executives in the industry can act in very different ways.

Bottom Line – Hepburn is great in this film and shows how far an aspiring actress with talent will go in order to realize her dream. The story gets a bit dark at certain points but that helps hammer in the idea that sometimes, people do things that they shouldn’t in order to get ahead faster in life. The story does a nice job showing how the entertainment industry was 85 years ago and how unfortunately not much has changed over that time because certain aspects of things are still relevant so many years later. Hepburn was able to win her first (of 4) Oscars for her work in this film. Both Fairbanks and Menjou are also great in their roles because they show the various sides of the way executives can sometimes act within the industry. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Katharine Hepburn claimed that she used Ruth Gordon as the inspiration for her performance. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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