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Born to Dance (1936)

Passed | | Musical, Comedy | 27 November 1936 (USA)
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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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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Your "Broadway Melody" Girl in the Musical Successor to "The Great Ziegfeld" See more »

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Musical | Comedy

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27 November 1936 (USA)  »

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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

Originally planned as a vehicle for the British star Jessie Matthews, whose home studio Gaumont-British ultimately decided against sending her to Hollywood. See more »

Goofs

As Lucy James (Virginia Bruce) finishes singing "I've Got You Under My Skin," she has a lit cigarette in her right hand as she reclines on the settee. The camera angle changes, but now the cigarette has suddenly changed to a glass of champagne. See more »

Quotes

Gunny Saks: Do you realize that marriage is a national institution and that 50% of the married people are women?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over a female figure tap-dancing on stage. See more »

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

Soundtracks

Easy to Love
(1936) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Played during the opening credits and as background music
Sung by Eleanor Powell and James Stewart, Frances Langford and danced by her and Buddy Ebsen
Reprised by the cast at the end
Eleanor Powell's vocals dubbed by Marjorie Lane
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"It's kismet, Opal. That's Latin for spinach."
23 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

Sailor James Stewart meets aspiring dancer Eleanor Powell and they fall in love. But a misunderstanding involving Broadway star Virginia Bruce comes between them. Eleanor then gets a job as understudy to Virginia. Hopefully everything will work out in time to put on the big show! What do you kids think?

Jimmy Stewart in a musical. Where's Clarence when he really needs him?!? Seriously though, Jimmy does a good job. He's not the best singer but he can carry a tune. If you like pretty movie stars, this one's the picture for you -- Eleanor Powell, Virginia Bruce, Una Merkel, Frances Langford are all beauties. Powell is the star of the show with her awesome tap dancing numbers. Keep your eyes peeled for Dennis O'Keefe in Powell's first number. He's the guy she taps on the shoulder. Una Merkel is perfection as always. Buddy Ebsen singing and dancing is a hoot. Sid Silvers and Raymond Walburn are funny comic relief. Adorable Juanita Quigley plays Una & Sid's daughter.

It's a slight but fun story with a killer cast. Outstanding Cole Porter songs include classics "Easy to Love" and "I've Got You Under My Skin." But my personal favorites are " Hey, Babe, Hey" and "Swingin' the Jinx Away." As always, Eleanor Powell's dancing is spectacular. Add some nice humor and the immense likability of Powell and Stewart and you have a real gem. Get this on DVD or catch it on TCM next time they show it.


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