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Roberta (1935)

 -  Comedy | Musical | Romance  -  8 March 1935 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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Helen Westley ...
Roberta
Claire Dodd ...
Sophie
Victor Varconi ...
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Ferdinand Munier ...
Torben Meyer ...
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Adrian Rosley ...
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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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$610,000 (estimated)
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During "I Won't Dance", Ginger Rogers sings to Fred Astaire: "But when you dance you're charming and you're gentle/ Especially when you do the Continental," referring to the dance in their previous film, The Gay Divorcee (1934). The two then strike a pose from that number while the band plays a riff. See more »

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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

Huckleberry Haines: How long ya gonna stay?
Sophie Teale: Oh hello, Huckleberry.
Huckleberry Haines: Hello, Soph.
Sophie Teale: Mother and I are going to Switzerland on Saturday.
Huckleberry Haines: Goodbye, John, I'll see ya Sunday.
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Lovely to Look At
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Jerome Kern and Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Played during the opening credits
Performed by Irene Dunne, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
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Another Underrated Musical
5 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I found this to be a very entertaining musical with some decent mixture of songs, comedy and romance. There are no less than three leading ladies and they all look good. Two of them are big names: Irene Dunne and Ginger Rogers.

There's Fred Astaire in here, too, so I guess we can call this another "Astaire- Rogers film." If so, I think it's one of their best and certainly one of their most underrated. You don't hear much about this movie, and that's unfair.

Rogers and Astaire both have some funny lines in this film and I wish Ginger's role had been bigger. She and Astaire do a couple of tap dance numbers that are excellent - some of their best work together. Dunne's first two songs aren't bad but you have the rest. Her soprano voice almost broke my eardrums, especially with "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes."

Randolph Scott, Helen Westley and Claire Dodd also star in this dated-but-generally fun movie.


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