Stage Door Canteen

Hollywood: RKO Radio Pictures, 1943. Final script for the 1943 film. Copy belonging to actor Lon McCallister, with his name on the front wrapper.

A propagandistic musical revolving around the romantic and comic goings-on at the Stage Door Canteen, a real recreational center in New York created for for American and Allied servicemen during World War II. The actual Stage Door Canteen was a basement nightclub located in the 44th Street Theatre, and was too busy to be used for filming. As a result, the canteen was recreated at the Fox Movietone Studio and RKO Pathe Studios in Los Angeles.

Pink titled wrappers, stamped FINAL SCRIPT on the front wrapper, rubber-stamped copy No. 42, dated November 25, 1942, with credits for screenwriter Delmer Daves. Distribution page present, with receipt intact. Title page integral with the front wrapper. X leaves, with last page of text numbered X. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only, with blue and pink revision pages throughout, dated variously between 11/21/42 and 1/4/43. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus, bound with three gold brads.


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