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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 ...
Member of The Foursome
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Storyline

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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Musical | Comedy

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27 November 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'amiral mène la danse  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Allan Jones was intended for Ted Barker, but the role went to James Stewart. See more »

Goofs

The opening scene is set aboard a submarine entering New York Harbor while submerged at periscope depth. Her skipper would have brought her in while surfaced - the risk of collision in a busy port is substantial. See more »

Quotes

Captain Dingby: I want this message delivered to Rear Admiral Stubbins of the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Gunny Saks: Yes, sir.
Captain Dingby: I understand you were born in Brooklyn.
Gunny Saks: Yes, sir.
Captain Dingby: What part?
Gunny Saks: All of me!
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Connections

Featured in That's Entertainment! (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Rolling Home
(1936) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Sung by The Foursome, Sid Silvers, Buddy Ebsen, James Stewart and chorus
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Must see this if you want to laugh, dance, sing or shed a tear.

Even though they look like brother and sister, Jimmy Stewart and Eleanor Powell ease into one of the most endearing and uplifting love affairs in musical film. If you've ever tap danced, even a little bit, you'll want to put on those old taps and chew up the kitchen linoleum when Eleanor effortlessly goes at it. And who cares if long after a song keeps humming in your head, as long as it's "Easy To Love" or "I've Got You Under My Skin". Wouldn't this film have been so much less in color?


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