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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:
Captivating 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)

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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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)

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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:
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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Soundtrack:
Smoke Gets in Your EyesSee more »

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48 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
Captivating, 13 January 2005
Author: trpdean from New York, New York

What's not to like - Astaire-Rogers dancing to "I Don't Dance, Don't Ask Me", ocean liners crossing the Atlantic, trains racing across northern France, jazz bands rehearsing in Paris clubs, stupendous art deco sets, a couturier's elegant salon, serenading to balalaikas, stunning models privately displaying satin gowns, Russian princes, "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" sung by the beautiful Irene Dunne, an elegant Old Russian restaurant with its frescoes, fashion show that incorporates Astaire and Rogers dancing, Irene Dunne's warmth, a witty script, a Broadway smash hit brought to the screen - geez, what a movie! It is only recently that I've begun to enjoy musicals. The ones I like are the light ones - not the ones incorporating social issues which I feel musicals are ill-equipped to handle.

But a light musical comedy - with exquisite dancing, charming leads, swank clothes, elegant sets, witty dialogue - WOW! And this is definitely such a musical - absolutely charming.

The four leads are wonderfully cast. Irene Dunne reminds me of Greer Garson in having a certain soulfulness combined with innate gentility and enormous warmth - Dunne also happens to have had a world-class operatic singing voice (that in later movies, as operettas ceased to be appealing, was seldom heard). There is something so very vulnerable about a wounded Irene Dunne character - and she is wonderful in this part.

Randolph Scott has a big, clean, very handsome, American quality that is also wonderfully suited to this part - one in which his character is candid, straightforward, easily swayed by others who are sophisticated -but at a certain point will act decisively when he comes to realize his judgment has been mistaken.

Fred Astaire's subordinate comic supporting role is suited well by the enormous difference in size between himself and Scott - and obviously his dancing and his easy way with humorous lines is just wonderful.

The 24 year old Ginger Rogers may be the biggest revelation to me - it's not just that she can dance astonishingly well, that she is wonderful (and wonderfully funny) with accents, that she can sing songs equally comically or romantically (and with great gestures), that she is very VERY funny, whip-smart with dialogue,, but she perfectly suits the job of one hustling for jobs, adapting to all circumstances, rough and ready -- and extremely aware at all times.

I think studio heads really saw Rogers' amazing abilities through the end of World War II (after which she was shamefully abandoned) - she seldom played the "classy woman" and we instead find her as a shop girl, prisoner on furlough, society wannabe, entertainer. I would like to have seen her play in her career, a part in which she more deliberately seductive (like Barbara Stanwyck or Joan Crawford, Miriam Hopkins or Bette Davis often did) but alas.

You'll like this - just relax and feel yourself enthralled.

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