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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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Storyline

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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Liquid lyrics by Ira Gershwin! See more »


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7 May 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stepping Toes  »

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$991,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Arthur Miller: What does your watch say?
Jeffrey Baird: It says, "Tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick."
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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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Let's Call The Whole Thing Off
(1937) (uncredited)
Words by Ira Gershwin
Music by George Gershwin
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
Sung and danced by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers on roller skates
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Rogers, Astaire and Gershwin!
13 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Considered a lesser Astaire-Rogers starring vehicle this slim-plotted musical is still a delight thanks to 3 great Gershwin songs: They Can't Take That Away from Me, Let's Call the Whole Thing Off, and They All Laughed. Slap That Brass isn't bad either.

Astaire plays a ballet star (!) who wants to dance jazz; Rogers plays a brassy revue star who is bored by men. They have two terrific dance numbers together: They All Laughed and a roller skating dance to Let's Call the Whole Thing Off.

Throw into the mix the always fun Edward Everett Horton and Eric Blore and you have a smooth and easy musical with great comedy support. Unfortunately the film also has the blah Ketti Gallian who has NO appeal whatsoever and the overblown Harriet Hoctor who was as mediocre as they come. Her ballet number is boring. Jerome Cowan, William Brisbane, and Ann Shoemaker add nothing. Indeed the film looks badly edited as Shoemaker, who gets good billing, has one brief scene aboard ship. Also Cowan has a confederate about halfway thru the film who is never even identified.

Still worth seeing for the great Gershwin songs and the matchless Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire.


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