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Shall We Dance (1937)

 -  Comedy | Musical | Romance  -  7 May 1937 (USA)
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A budding romance between a ballet master and a tapdancer becomes complicated when rumours surface that they're already married.

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Ballet star Pete "Petrov" Peters arranges to cross the Atlantic aboard the same ship as the dancer he's fallen for but barely knows, musical star Linda Keene. By the time the ocean liner reaches New York, a little white lie has churned through the rumor mill and turned into a hot gossip item: that the two celebrities are secretly married. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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Cut loose! Relax! Unbend! and clear your throat for cheering! See more »


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Stepping Toes  »

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$991,000 (estimated)
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Cinematographer David Abel started the picture but was replaced by Joseph F. Biroc with five weeks of production left. Biroc finished the picture, uncredited. See more »

Goofs

At the launch of the air mail plane from the ship, we hear the plane engine idling. The engine would be at full power. See more »

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Arthur Miller: [to Jeff] Well, to tell the truth, I don't know you well enough to tell you the truth.
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When George Gershwin's name appears in the credits, a bit of "Rhapsody in Blue" plays on the soundtrack. See more »

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They All Laughed
(1937) (uncredited)
Words by Ira Gershwin
Music by George Gershwin
Sung by Ginger Rogers
Danced by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
Sung a cappella also by Jerome Cowan and Sam Wren
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The magic is still there but the plot is thinner than ever...
31 December 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

The plot is a silly one that has Astaire as Petrov, ballet dancer, chasing a musical comedy star, Ginger Rogers, across the ocean with the usual amount of misunderstandings that keep them apart until the finale. But, as with all FRED ASTAIRE and GINGER ROGERS films, it's the music that counts--and the dance numbers.

Fred has an amazing "Slap That Bass" number aboard ship, one of his best solo jobs, but there are only a few other gems in the Gershwin score, like "They Can't Take That Away From Me", "They All Laughed at Christopher Columbus" and "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off." Somehow, they don't get the treatment they deserve but all have become popular standards.

Although the songs are pleasant enough, they're not among Gershwin's best--and the plot is so flimsy it's almost non-existent, something about Astaire and Rogers being mistaken for a married couple.

Fans of the dancing stars will love it and others may find it just slightly less entertaining than some of the other Astaire/Rogers films.

The supporting roles are in the capable hands of ERIC BLORE, EDWARD EVERETT HORTON and JEROME COWAN, but they've all been seen to better advantage in other screwball comedies. Mark Sandrich directed in his usual fast paced style, but I couldn't help noticing that Ginger seemed a little bored with her character.


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