Under Gregory La Cava's sparkling direction, the Edna Ferber-George S. Kaufman play, set in a Manhattan theatrical boardinghouse, was funny and poignant when it reached the screen in 1937. It boasted so many stars and stars-to-be as stage hopefuls that you always wished for a sequel. Katharine Hepburn (pictured, with Adolphe Menjou) and Ginger Rogers lead the parade, which includes Lucille Ball, Eve Arden and Ann Miller. The most memorable figure, however, is Constance Collier, amusing and gallant as a veteran actress hoping gamely that a role might still turn up for an older woman (AMC Friday at 5:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.).
Other four-star films airing this week:
Pinocchio, Disney, Monday, 1 p.m.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Cinemax, Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.
Going My Way, AMC Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., again at 11:45 p.m.
Stalag 17, Bravo, Friday, 7:30 p.m.