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Roberta (1935)

Approved  |   |  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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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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Trivia

The floor in the "I'll be hard to handle" dance was the only wooden floor in all of the Astaire/ rogers musicals. They both loved working on it as they could tap and actually make the sounds of the taps. In the other musicals their taps were dubbed over, as they were too quite. Their enjoyment is clearly seen as their giggles at each other are unscripted. See more »

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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 »

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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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Yesterdays
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Otto A. Harbach
Performed by Irene Dunne
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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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