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Roberta (1935)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 8 March 1935 (USA)
In Paris, a man clueless about fashion suddenly inherits his aunt's dress shop, while his bandleader friend reunites with his old flame.

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Huck Haines
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Aunt Minnie ak Roberta
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Prince Ladislaw
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Alexander Petrovitch Moscovitch Voyda
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Albert
Adrian Rosley ...
Professor
Bodil Rosing ...
Fernande
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Storyline

Football player John Kent tags along as Huck Haines and the Wabash Indianians travel to an engagement in Paris, only to lose it immediately. John and company visit his aunt, owner of a posh fashion house run by her assistant, Stephanie. There they meet the singer Scharwenka (alias Huck's old friend Lizzie), who gets the band a job. Meanwhile, Madame Roberta passes away and leaves the business to John and he goes into partnership with Stephanie. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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A Heart-Load of Maddening Beauties.. In Gasping Gowns.. A Fortune in Furs.. A Ransom in Jewels.. In a Song-Studded Romance of Paris in Lovetime! See more »


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Release Date:

8 March 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Роберта  »

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Budget:

$610,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original Broadway production, based on the book "Gowns by Roberta", was produced by Max Gordon, with music by Jerome Kern and book and lyrics by Otto A. Harbach. The play opened on November 18, 1933, at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York, and ran for 295 performances. See more »

Goofs

When John Kent arrives in Paris and goes to the building where Roberta lives, the doorman tells him that she is on the "troisième étage " and indicates that John should press the corresponding button. John is eventually taken to Roberta on the third floor, which is incorrect since the "troisième étage " corresponds to the fourth floor. In France, the "premiere étage" (first floor) is not the ground floor but the next one up. See more »

Quotes

Huckleberry Haines: Well, so long. Tell the Countess I'll be waiting for her.
John Kent: Where?
Huckleberry Haines: Oh, either on the right-side of the left bank or the left-side of the right bank.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Otto A. Harbach
Played during the opening credits
Performed by Irene Dunne
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One of the 30s' most polished musicals
30 October 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Enjoyable musical comedy with a predictable Americans-in-exotic locale plot, but it's all done in a fun way and with great music, besides. Some good dialogue and well done characters by Astaire, Rogers, and Dunne, who looks as lovely as she ever was and sings the show's more operetta style songs (and thus its best, since we're talking about the great Jerome Kern). She's romantically paired with Randolph Scott (!.... sorry but this takes some getting used to for western fans) who plays a football player with gusto! Some nice dance sequences supplied by Astaire and his partner.


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