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Director:
Writers:
Jerome Kern (from the play)
Otto A. Harbach (book)
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Release Date:
8 March 1935 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
Football player John Kent tags along as Huck Haines and the Wabash Indianians travel to an engagement in Paris... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Beautiful Jerome Kern musical See more (49 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Irene Dunne ... Stephanie

Fred Astaire ... Huck

Ginger Rogers ... Scharwenka

Randolph Scott ... John
Helen Westley ... Roberta
Claire Dodd ... Sophie
Victor Varconi ... Ladislaw
Luis Alberni ... Voyda
Ferdinand Munier ... Lord Delves
Torben Meyer ... Albert
Adrian Rosley ... Professor
Bodil Rosing ... Fernande
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lucille Ball ... Fashion Model (uncredited)
Hal Borne ... Wabash Indianian (uncredited)
Halbert Brown ... Wabash Indianian (uncredited)
Candy Candido ... Candy - Trick-voiced Wabash Indianian (uncredited)
William Carey ... Wabash Indianian (uncredited)
Virginia Carroll ... Fashion Model (uncredited)
Lynne Carver ... Fashion Model (uncredited)
Diane Cook ... Fashion Model (uncredited)
Phil Cuthbert ... Wabash Indianian (uncredited)
William B. Davidson ... Ship's Officer (uncredited)
Delmon Davis ... Wabash Indianian (uncredited)
Anna De Linsky ... Small Role (uncredited)
Lorraine DeSart ... Fashion Model (uncredited)
Ivan Dow ... Wabash Indianian (uncredited)
Betty Dumbries ... Fashion Model (uncredited)
William R. Dunn ... Wabash Indianian (uncredited)
Mary Forbes ... Mrs. Teale (uncredited)

William Frawley ... Bartender (uncredited)
Rita Gould ... Woman (uncredited)
Jane Hamilton ... Liane - Fashion Model (uncredited)
Grace Hayle ... Miss Jones - Newspaper Reporter (uncredited)
Maxine Jennings ... Fashion Model (uncredited)
Howard Lally ... Wabash Indianian (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Bar Customer (uncredited)
Lorna Low ... Fashion Model (uncredited)
Muzzy Marcellino ... Wabash Indianian (uncredited)
Margaret McChrystal ... Fashion Model (uncredited)
Paul McLarind ... Wabash Indianian (uncredited)
Chris Marie Meeker ... Small Role (uncredited)
Marie Osborne ... Fashion Model (uncredited)
Wanda Perry ... Fashion Model (uncredited)
Donna Mae Roberts ... Fashion Model (uncredited)
Charlotte Russell ... Small Role (uncredited)
Zena Savine ... Woman (uncredited)
Sam Savitsky ... Cossack (uncredited)
Charles Sharpe ... Wabash Indianian (uncredited)
Gene Sheldon ... Banjo-Playing Wabash Indianian (uncredited)
Kay Sutton ... Fashion Model (uncredited)
Mike Tellegen ... Cossack (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... Cossack (uncredited)
Michael Visaroff ... Waiter (uncredited)
Judith Vosselli ... Woman (uncredited)
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Directed by
William A. Seiter 
 
Writing credits
Jerome Kern (from the play)

Otto A. Harbach (book of play)

Alice Duer Miller (novel "Gowns by Roberta")

Jane Murfin (screen play) &
Sam Mintz (screen play) and
Allan Scott (screen play)

Glenn Tryon (additional dialogue)

Dorothy Yost  contributor to treatment (uncredited)

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Edward Cronjager (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
William Hamilton (edited by)
 
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
 
Costume Design by
Bernard Newman (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
C.J. White .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kenneth Holmes .... assistant director (uncredited)
Edward Killy .... assistant director (uncredited)
Argyle Nelson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
C.C. Thompson .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sam White .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Carroll Clark .... associate art director
Thomas Little .... set dresser (as Thomas K. Little)
 
Sound Department
George Marsh .... sound cutter
John E. Tribby .... recorded by (as John Tribby)
 
Special Effects by
Harry Redmond Sr. .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert De Grasse .... camera operator (uncredited)
John Miehle .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Philip Faulkner Jr. .... music recordist (as P.J. Faulkner Jr.)
Dorothy Fields .... additional lyrics
Otto A. Harbach .... lyrics by (as Otto Harbach)
Jerome Kern .... music by
Jimmy McHugh .... additional lyrics
Max Steiner .... musical director
Wayne Allen .... music arranger (uncredited)
Gene Rose .... music arranger (uncredited)
Max Steiner .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Fred Astaire .... dances arranged by
Zion Myers .... production associate
Hermes Pan .... assistant dance director
James Baker .... stand-in (uncredited)
Harry Cornbleth .... stand-in (uncredited)
Ruth Day .... stand-in (uncredited)
Elizabeth McGaffey .... researcher (uncredited)
Elizabeth McGaffey .... stand-in (uncredited)
Marie Osborne .... stand-in (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

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Runtime:
106 min
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
Certification:
Australia:G | USA:Approved (PCA #601) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Lucille Ball's lines in the fashion show sequence were eventually deleted.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: 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:
Huckleberry Haines:John, everyday you act worse, but today you're acting like tomorrow.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)See more »
Soundtrack:
YesterdaysSee more »

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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful Jerome Kern musical, 14 March 2009
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Irene Dunne, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers and Randolph Scott shine in "Roberta," a 1935 film directed by William Seite, based on the Broadway play, with music by Jerome Kern This isn't a typical Astaire-Rogers film, so if you're looking for that, you may be disappointed. The emphasis here is on fashion, and on the design house of Roberta - in reality, John Kent's (Randolph Scott) Aunt Minnie (Helen Westley), a dressmaker who found success in Paris. Astaire plays Kent's friend, Huckleberry Haines, a bandleader. Irene Dunne is Stephanie, the head designer at Roberta's. Actually, she and her doorman cousin Ladislaw (Victor Varooni) are Russian royalty. Rogers plays Countess Schwarwenka, a troublemaking client who's recognized by Huckleberry as Lizzie Gatz, an old girlfriend from back home. The Countess gets Hucklebery and his band a job at the Cafe Russe, and Stephanie and John find they're interested in one another. Then Roberta dies, and John inherits the design shop.

The film is filled with not only beautiful music but the fashions of the day in gorgeous art deco settings, making for a very sophisticated and polished look. Astaire and Rogers are actually comic support, but they're knockouts.

The music consists of some familiar tunes, including the haunting "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," sung by Irene Dunne and later danced by Astaire and Rogers, "Lovely to Look At," sung by Dunne and then danced by Astaire and Rogers, "Yesterdays," sung by Irene Dunne, and, of course, "I Won't Dance" - but they do. Astaire sings the lively "Let's Begin" as well.

This enchanting musical was re-made in 1952 as "Lovely to Look At," but somehow, it's not as good, lacking the cast. "Roberta" shows up on TCM occasionally. Don't miss it.

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