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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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Aunt Minnie ak Roberta
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Prince Ladislaw
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Alexander Petrovitch Moscovitch Voyda
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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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Роберта  »

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

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ginger Rogers' accent is an homage to the Polish-born actress Lyda Roberti, who played the role on Broadway. 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: People in love are always quarreling with each other. Now, you take Liz and myself, for instance.
Lizzie Gatz alias Countess Scharwenka: Liz? Who is this Liz?
Huckleberry Haines: Oh, a little country girl from back home that I'm thinking of marrying. You know, big feet, dumb, simple, oh, very simple.
Stephanie: Well the simple and the dumb ones make the best wives sometimes.
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Connections

Referenced in Warm Springs (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

I Won't Dance
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Jerome Kern
Instrumental reprise
Dance performed by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
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Adorable Musical with One of the Most Beautiful Songs Ever
31 October 2011 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Huckleberry Haines (Fred Astaire) and his band, the Wabash Indianians, arrive at Le Havre, in France, for a season in a Russian nightclub. However, the owner Alexander Petrovitch Moskovich Voyda (Luis Alberni) expects the arrival of an Indian band and he calls off their contract.

Haines and the band head to Paris, and his friend John Kent (Randolph Scott) decides to visit his Aunt Minnie (Helen Westley), who owns the fashion house Roberta, to use her influence to find a work for the band. John meets the manager Stephanie (Irene Dunne) and they immediately feel attracted for each other. Huck Haines meets in the Roberta's salon his old friend Liz with the artistic identity of Comtesse Scharwenka (Ginger Rogers) and she helps him to get a job with Voyda.

When Aunt Minnie passes away, John Kent is the heir of her fortune and also Roberta. However he decides to give the fashion house for Stephanie, but she proposes a partnership between them two. But when John's old passion, the gold digger Sophie Teale (Claire Dodd) seeks out John, the infatuated Stephanie decides to leave the business and travel abroad with the Russian Prince Ladislaw (Victor Varconi).

"Roberta" is an adorable musical with one of the most beautiful songs of the cinema ever. With music by Jerome Kern and lyrics by Otto A. Harbach, "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" is performed by Irene Dunne. The plot is naive, but the musical numbers, the dances and the fashion parade are delightful. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Roberta"


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