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Shall We Dance (1937)

Approved  |   |  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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Jeffrey Baird
Eric Blore ...
Cecil Flintridge
Jerome Cowan ...
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Lady Tarrington
William Brisbane ...
Jim Montgomery
Harriet Hoctor


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Release Date:

7 May 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stepping Toes  »

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$991,000 (estimated)

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(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The scene where Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance on roller skates took about 150 takes, according to one of the VHS versions of the film. See more »


At one part, Petrov is standing in front of a full-length mirror talking to Jeffrey. The reflection in the mirror doesn't match the actor's (or stand-in) playing Petrov's movements. See more »


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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They Can't Take That Away from Me
(1937) (uncredited)
Words by Ira Gershwin
Music by George Gershwin
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Sung by Fred Astaire
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Music by Gershwin, dancing by Astaire and Rogers, with Edward Everett Horton and Eric Blore in tow
20 December 2000 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This film (one of the better ones Astaire and Rogers did) probably doesn't get quite the praise it merits because Top Hat and The Gay Divorcee are so widely praised (rightly so). But this movie is equally well executed and any movie that has in it's score the songs, "Shall We Dance", "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" and especially "They Can't Take That Away" deserves to be warmly remembered. There's a score by Gershwin, dancing by Astaire, Rogers and others and Edard Everett Horton and Eric Blore in support (they appeared in so many of the Astaire-Rogers films that their casting must have been legally required!). Well worth your time. Recommended.

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