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A Damsel in Distress (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 19 November 1937 (USA)
Lady Alyce Marshmorton must marry soon, and the staff of Tottney Castle have laid bets on who she'll choose, with young Albert wagering on "Mr. X." After Alyce goes to London to meet a beau... See full summary »

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Lady Alyce Marshmorton must marry soon, and the staff of Tottney Castle have laid bets on who she'll choose, with young Albert wagering on "Mr. X." After Alyce goes to London to meet a beau (bumping into dancer Jerry Halliday, instead), she is restricted to the castle to curb her scandalous behavior. Albert then summons Jerry to Alyce's aid in order to "protect his investment." Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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Mad adventure...daring deeds...white hot love with music! Your toes will tingle as you laugh through the cheers!. See more »


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19 November 1937 (USA)  »

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Demoiselle en détresse  »

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$1,035,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ruby Keeler, Betty Grable, Carole Lombard and British musical star Jessie Matthews were each approached to play the role of Alyce, but were unavailable. It went to Joan Fontaine. See more »

Quotes

Gracie: You know, if it weren't for two things you'd be a terrific dancer.
George: What's that?
Gracie: Your feet.
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Spoofed in Shrek 2 (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

A Foggy Day
(1937) (uncredited)
Words by Ira Gershwin
Music by George Gershwin
Performed by Fred Astaire
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Silly plot frames fine musical numbers
4 May 2001 | by (elgin, illinois) – See all my reviews

Disregard the plot and enjoy Fred Astaire doing A Foggy Day and several other dances, one a duo with a hapless Joan Fontaine. Here we see Astaire doing what are essentially "stage" dances in a purer form than in his films with Ginger Rogers, and before he learned how to take full advantage of the potential of film. Best of all: the fact that we see Burns and Allen before their radio/TV husband-wife comedy career, doing the kind of dancing they must have done in vaudeville and did not have a chance to do in their Paramount college films from the 30s. (George was once a tap dance instructor). Their two numbers with Fred are high points of the film, and worth waiting for. The first soft shoe trio is a warm-up for the "Chin up" exhilarating carnival number, in which the three of them sing and dance through the rides and other attractions. It almost seems spontaneous. Fan of Fred Astaire and Burns & Allen will find it worth bearing up under the "plot". I've seen this one 4 or 5 times, and find the fast forward button helpful.


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