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Born to Dance (1936)

Passed  |   |  Musical, Comedy  |  27 November 1936 (USA)
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Sailor Ted meets at the Lonely Hearts Club of his friend Gunny's wife, Jenny, a girl, Nora Paige, and falls in love. Nora wants to become a dancer on Broadway. Ted rescues the Pekinese of ... See full summary »

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Lucy James
Una Merkel ...
Jenny Saks
Sid Silvers ...
'Gunny' Saks
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'Peppy' Turner
Raymond Walburn ...
Captain Dingby
Alan Dinehart ...
McKay
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'Mush' Tracy
Juanita Quigley ...
Sally Saks
Georges ...
Himself,
Jalna ...
Herself
Reginald Gardiner ...
Policeman
Barnett Parker ...
Floorwalker
J. Marshall Smith ...
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Sailor Ted meets at the Lonely Hearts Club of his friend Gunny's wife, Jenny, a girl, Nora Paige, and falls in love. Nora wants to become a dancer on Broadway. Ted rescues the Pekinese of Lucy James, a Broadway star during a public relations campaign on his submarine. Lucy falls in love with Ted, and Ted is ordered by his Captain to meet her in a night club, in spite of the fact that he has a date with Nora. Nora, who lives with Jenny and her and Gunny's daughter, doesn't want to hear anything from Ted, after she spotted a picture of Ted and Lucy in the morning paper. Lucy convinces her manager Dinehart to stop the press campaign and tells him that she would leave the production, if another photo or article of her and Ted is published. Nora has become her understudy, and she begins to think her behaviour to Ted over. Suddenly she is fired after Dinehart told her to dance a number Lucy James called undanceable. But when Ted is told the whole story, he knows what to do. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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According to the biography "Beyond the Rainbow", this film was at one point to have included a role for Judy Garland. See more »

Goofs

In the finale, the big gun barrels remain covered until the final close-up of Eleanor Powell, after which, via a clever, but noticeable edit, they now suddenly appear uncovered and explode. See more »

Quotes

Gunny Saks: Say, who's little girl are you?
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Soundtracks

Love Me, Love My Pekinese
(1936) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Sung by Virginia Bruce and chorus
Danced by Eleanor Powell
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Pleasant all the way
22 April 2000 | by (São Paulo) – See all my reviews

This is a film that has a minimum plot. Sailors chase girls and along the way, everybody sing and dance. Eleanor Powell shows her talent, tapping in a spetacular specialty number called `Swinging the Jinx Away'. A young James Stewart warbles `Easy to Love' in a charming way. But the real curiosity is to watch Buddy Ebsen. I bet that many people that watched him in TV series such as Beverly Hillbillies and Barnaby Jones didn´t had a clue that in his youth he was a very acomplished dancer. The songs by Cole Porter are top notch and `I've got you under my Skin' and `Easy to Love' became standarts. If you like 30's musical, is well worth to take a look in Born To Dance.


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