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Director:
Writers:
Howard Lindsay (screen play by) and
Allan Scott (screen play by) ...
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Release Date:
12 October 1936 (Brazil) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A glorious songburst of gaiety and laughter! See more »
Plot:
A performer and gambler travels to New York City to raise the $25,000 he needs to marry his fiancée, only to become entangled with a beautiful aspiring dancer. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
48 takes?!! Jeez!! See more (69 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Fred Astaire ... Lucky Garnett

Ginger Rogers ... Penny Carroll
Victor Moore ... Pop Cardetti
Helen Broderick ... Mabel Anderson
Eric Blore ... Gordon

Betty Furness ... Margaret Watson
Georges Metaxa ... Ricky Romero
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Bernard ... Second Stagehand (uncredited)
Harry Bowen ... First Stagehand (uncredited)
Bill Brande ... Dancer (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Dance Extra in 'The Way You Look Tonight' Number (uncredited)
Ralph Byrd ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Martin Cichy ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Thomas A. Curran ... Man in New York Street (uncredited)
Alan Curtis ... Bit (uncredited)
Edgar Dearing ... Policeman (uncredited)
Frank Edmunds ... Dancer (uncredited)
Fern Emmett ... Watsons' Maid (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Dance Extra in 'The Way You Look Tonight' Number (uncredited)
Olin Francis ... Muggsy (uncredited)
Jack Good ... Dancer (uncredited)
Charlie Hall ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Gerald Hamer ... Eric Lacanistram (uncredited)
Frank Hammond ... Train Ticket Seller (uncredited)
John Harrington ... Dice Raymond (uncredited)
Howard C. Hickman ... First Minister (uncredited)
Frank Jenks ... Red - Dancer (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Dancer (uncredited)
Sam Lufkin ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
David Mcdonald ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Roulette Stickman (uncredited)
Ferdinand Munier ... Second Minister (uncredited)
Bob O'Connor ... Henchman (uncredited)
Dennis O'Keefe ... Dance Extra in 'The Way You Look Tonight' Number (uncredited)
Ted O'Shea ... Dancer (uncredited)
Marie Osborne ... Undetermined Role (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Jean Perry ... Roulette Croupier (uncredited)
Joey Ray ... Announcer (uncredited)
Abe Reynolds ... Schmidt - the Tailor (uncredited)
Jack Rice ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Floyd Shackelford ... Romero's Butler (uncredited)
John Shelton ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Landers Stevens ... Judge Watson (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... Diner (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Blanca Vischer ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Pierre Watkin ... Al Simpson (uncredited)

Directed by
George Stevens 
 
Writing credits
Howard Lindsay (screen play by) and
Allan Scott (screen play by)

Erwin S. Gelsey (from a story by) (as Erwin Gelsey)

Ben Holmes  contributing writer (uncredited)
Rian James  contributing writer (uncredited)
Anthony Veiller  contributing writer (uncredited)
Dorothy Yost  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Jerome Kern (music by)
Robert Russell Bennett (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
David Abel (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Henry Berman (edited by)
 
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
 
Costume Design by
Bernard Newman (gowns by)
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Louis Hippe .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Louise Sloane .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
J.R. Crone .... production manager (uncredited)
Fred Fleck .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sydney M. Fogel .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Argyle Nelson .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Carroll Clark .... associate art director
John W. Harkrider .... "Silver Sandal" set by (as John Harkrider)
Darrell Silvera .... set dressing
Harry D'Arcy .... props (uncredited)
Kenneth J. Marstella .... assistant property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
George Marsh .... sound cutter
Hugh McDowell Jr. .... recordist
Eddie Harman .... assistant sound recordist (uncredited)
Clem Portman .... sound recordist (uncredited)
John E. Tribby .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Richard Van Hessen .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... photographic effects by (as Vernon Walker)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Willard Barth .... assistant camera (uncredited)
S.H. Barton .... gaffer (uncredited)
Joseph F. Biroc .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Shorty Burton .... assistant grip (uncredited)
Jim Kirley .... grip (uncredited)
John Miehle .... still photographer (uncredited)
George Neff .... best boy (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Morris West .... assistant grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John W. Harkrider .... costumes: "Bojangles" (as John Harkrider)
Ray Camp .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Edith Clark .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Dorothy Fields .... lyrics by
Nathaniel Shilkret .... musical director
Robert Russell Bennett .... music arranger (uncredited)
Hal Borne .... additional music arranger (uncredited)
Fletcher Henderson .... arranger (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Hermes Pan .... dance director
Ann Coleman .... script clerk (uncredited)
Harry Cornbleth .... stand-in: Fred Astaire (uncredited)
Maurice Elliott .... stand-in (uncredited)
Ben Holmes .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Marie Osborne .... stand-in: Ginger Rogers (uncredited)
Helen Weber .... stand-in (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
103 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:S | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1937) | Portugal:M/6 | South Korea:All | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #2273) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
The shadow dance idea for "Bojangles of Harlem" occurred to choreographer Hermes Pan and Fred Astaire during rehearsals, when three different light sources illuminating Astaire produced three shadows.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Penny Carrol's things fall on the ground, Pop Cadetti takes her purse and introduces his left hand in it to pick up back the Lucky Garnett's quarter. But after the cut, he holds the quarter in his right hand.See more »
Quotes:
Penelope "Penny" Carrol:Listen. No one could teach you to dance in a million years. Take my advice and save your money!See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
A Fine RomanceSee more »

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54 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
48 takes?!! Jeez!!, 8 December 2004
Author: movibuf1962 from Washington, DC

This was, in many ways, the zenith of the Astaire-Rogers 10-film saga. And it manages to reveal a perfectly cohesive story (as well as a marvelous musical score) without one frame of mistaken identity or a misunderstanding which takes an hour-and-a-half to resolve. (Spoiler-ish) Astaire is initially betrothed to society girl Furness, but goes out into the world to raise a wedding dowry and ends up meeting, dancing with, and falling in love with Rogers instead. (If it reads like it all happens too fast, by all means acquaint yourself with the rest of the A-R film series.) The plots ultimately didn't matter- only the duo's ravishing dance duets, which were their love scenes. Probably no more thrilling dances have ever been presented on film: the tap routine "Pick Yourself Up" which first introduces the couple to each other; the 'lovely Waltz in Swing Time' (a happy duet which sort of marks the Act 1 finale); and the dramatic "Never Gonna Dance." This number is stunning for two reasons: it's a dance of a break-up, and it's the dance which may have been their most difficult to film. Because Astaire's mantra was uncut (or nearly uncut) dance numbers, his duets with Rogers were usually all done in one unbroken camera shot. In "Never Gonna Dance," the action travels from one dance floor up two curved staircases to another, cutting only one time, to a final 2-shot showing Rogers gloriously spinning in and out of Astaire's arms several times before making a dramatic exit. The shoot, history says, lasted from mid-morning until about 4 a.m. THE NEXT DAY, as take after take of the dance was spoiled with one problem after another (cameras bumping into walls, lights crashing, Astaire's toupee flying off his head!). Eventually, Rogers' feet bled into her high heels, but neither she nor Astaire wanted to stop until they got it right- and they finally did on take number FORTY-EIGHT. Now that's entertainment.

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