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Roberta -- Fun's in fashion when Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers (plus Irene Dunne and Randolph Scott) enter the ultrachic Parisian world of high fashion in Roberta.

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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 »
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(9 articles)
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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 .... sound recordist (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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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
Certification:
Australia:G | USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #601) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
RKO sold the rights to "Roberta" to MGM, who remade the film as Lovely to Look At (1952). MGM kept its film of "Roberta" out of distribution for many years, as it did not want any competition between the two films.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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: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:
I Won't DanceSee more »

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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
1/2 a Rodgers-Astaire Movie is Better Than Almost Anything Else, 6 August 2009
Author: Jay Raskin from Orlando, United States

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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