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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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8 March 1935 (USA)  »

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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

Lucille Ball's lines in the fashion show sequence were eventually deleted. See more »

Goofs

John is trapped in Roberta's building elevator when it stops between two floors. He calls for help. His upper body is visible and he spreads the gates slightly open suggesting he will climb UP and out. Stephanie hears his calls for help, comes to his rescue, but advises that it is too dangerous to climb UP and out. Stephanie yells in French to the doorman, who is on a lower floor to move the elevator. The scene changes to the doorman who pushes the LOWER or DOWN elevator button. The scene changes back to the floor where John is trapped and Stephanie is standing. The elevator moves UP and John exits. See more »

Quotes

Lizzie Gatz: Remember that beauty contest I won?
Huckleberry Haines: Oh, you got a trip to Kansas City.
Lizzie Gatz: Well, you won it for me. How did you get all those men from the overalls factory to vote for me?
Huckleberry Haines: That was easy, I showed them a picture of Lillian Russell.
Lizzie Gatz: Lillian Russell? Well, what was the matter with my picture?
Huckleberry Haines: Well, if you must know, we got a lot of votes from the farmers with a picture of a prized heifer.
Lizzie Gatz: Oh, you!
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Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

I Won't Dance
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Jerome Kern with original lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and revised lyrics by Dorothy Fields, Otto A. Harbach and Jimmy McHugh
In the score during the opening scene
Song performed by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
Dance performed by Fred Astaire
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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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