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Roberta (1935)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 8 March 1935 (USA)
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... See full summary »

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John
Helen Westley ...
Roberta
Claire Dodd ...
Sophie
Victor Varconi ...
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Luis Alberni ...
Voyda
Ferdinand Munier ...
Torben Meyer ...
Albert
Adrian Rosley ...
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Fernande
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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

Film debut of Virginia Carroll. 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

John Kent: Where ya goin'?
Stephanie: Down.
John Kent: Why?
Stephanie: Because I pushed the button.
John Kent: But I want to talk to you.
Stephanie: That's what you're doing.
John Kent: I just like to tell you I love you.
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Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #6.8 (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Begin
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Otto A. Harbach
Additional lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Song performed by Fred Astaire and Candy Candido
Dance performed by Fred Astaire, Candy Candido, Gene Sheldon and Ginger Rogers
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Perfection
14 February 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I have been lucky enough to have this fashion parade comedy musical film in my life since the mid 70s when New Zealand TV stations sent all their old 16mm prints to Australia for junking. Instead, most of these 500 prints were found be in mint full length condition. As a result they were hired out, and I operated a cinema and ran dozens and dozens of them.

Among this incredible library was ROBERTA which seemed to always be programmed every other month or two. So my first viewing was in a lovely old cinema with a perfect print and a big audience. I have never recovered and never want to. Every time I see ROBERTA I swoon from the sheer beauty of every part of this gorgeous film. 30 years later I can watch it on tape on TV and still get the same overwhelming emotional bliss knowing what it is doing to me. I admire the fashionable production and the team so much because they knew what they were doing to the audience too: presenting a sublime musical confection that is exquisite enough to make the viewer pass out from aching satisfaction. Find it, see it, love it. Have this film in your life and just absorb every second of its absolute perfection.


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