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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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Adrian Rosley ...
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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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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

The third--of ten--dancing partnerships of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. 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

Lizzie Gatz alias Countess Scharwenka: The fashion show next week will be a colossal flop!
Huckleberry Haines: Maybe we should call off the fashion show.
Lizzie Gatz alias Countess Scharwenka: Oh, I think so.
Stephanie: We might better put on a good one!
Huckleberry Haines: Now, you're talking, Stephanie! We'll put on a better than good one and we'll give them some entertainment, too.
Lizzie Gatz alias Countess Scharwenka: How about your band?
Huckleberry Haines: That's a great idea! We'll bring over my band...
Stephanie: A musical fashion show!
Huckleberry Haines: Yeah, that's it!
Lizzie Gatz alias Countess Scharwenka: Marvelous!
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Connections

Referenced in M*A*S*H: The Abduction of Margaret Houlihan (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Jerome Kern
Instrumental reprise
Dance performed by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
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1/2 a Rodgers-Astaire Movie is Better Than Almost Anything Else
6 August 2009 | by (Orlando, United States) – See all my reviews

It seems really bizarre that after starring in "The Gay Divorcée," Rodgers and Astaire went back to playing supporting roles in this one. Leads Randolph Scott are Irene Dunne are fine, but Rodgers and Astaire are on blazing whenever they're on screen, so Scott and Dunne get pushed into the background.

The story is contrived and theatrical and not a particularly exciting one. However, four great songs and dances lift it into the must see category: "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," "Lovely to Look At," "I Won't Dance," and I'll Be Hard to Handle." Please note that the last three have lyrics by Dorothy Fields. She may have been the greatest lyricist of the 20th century with songs like "Sunnyside of the Street," "A Fine Romance," "I'm in the Mood for Love" and "Big Spender" to her credit.

The movie is a little dated and tedious at an hour and forty minutes, but, at least 30 of those minutes with Ginger and Fred are enchanting.

"Nous Sommes étonné." as Fred says in the movie.


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