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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 overview, first billed only:
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Ted Barker
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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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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

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

Goofs

Gunny Saks is visible on the sub's sail, despite being in the brig, where he is visible in the following scene. See more »

Quotes

Ted Baker: Hello.
Nora Paige: Hello, what's the thing about?
Ted Baker: Well, boy meets girl.
Nora Paige: Oh, I see. Well, boy loses girl.
Ted Baker: Boy gets girl back.
Nora Paige: Not so fast, sailor.
Ted Baker: You're not very patriotic.
Nora Paige: I am, but I'm not uniform-crazy.
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Featured in The 57th Annual Academy Awards (1985) See more »

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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Cornball Fun With Jimmy, Eleanor, Una, Sid& Buddy
5 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the all-time corny movies ever made, especially since it features Jimmy Stewart singing. How often have you seen/heard that? Actually, the "corn" is the fun of this film, and I enjoyed watching this more the second time knowing it was going to be so corny.

Some of the lines in here are legitimately funny, particularly by cute Una Merkel, who could zing 'em with the best. She was fun, as was her husband in here, "Gunny Sacks," played by Sid Silvers. Those two, plus Buddy Ebsen and Eleanor Powell make for a likable cast.

Both Powell and Ebsen were great dancers, too, with Powell, of course, being the more famous. This is just a nice, old- fashioned film, probably more for older folks, but who knows?


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