Upstage (film)

Upstage (also known as The Mask of Comedy) is a 1926 American silent romantic drama film directed by Monta Bell, starring Norma Shearer and New York musical comedy star Oscar Shaw.[1][2]

Directed byMonta Bell
Written byLorna Moon (scenario)
Joe Farnham (titles)
Story byWalter DeLeon
StarringNorma Shearer
Oscar Shaw
CinematographyGaetano Gaudio
Edited byFrank Sullivan
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • November 7, 1926 (1926-11-07)
Running time
76 minutes
CountryUnited States
English intertitles


Dolly (Norma Shearer) is a stagestruck girl whose career has begun to wane until she displays show-must-go-on courage by standing-in as target in a knife-throwing act.


Preservation status

  • A print of the film has been preserved by MGM.[3][4]


  1. White Munden, Kenneth, ed. (1997). The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States: Feature Films, 1921-1930. University of California Press. p. 852. ISBN 0-520-20969-9.
  2. The AFI Catalog of Feature Films:Upstage
  3. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:Upstage
  4. Upstage at

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