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Shall We Dance (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 7 May 1937 (USA)
A budding romance between a ballet master and a tap dancer becomes complicated when rumors 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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$991,000 (estimated)
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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 »

Goofs

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 »

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Newsboy: [shouting] Petrov and Keene: secret marriage!
Peter P. Peters: We're the only two people in New York who don't think we're married.
Linda Keene: Think? I know we're not.
Peter P. Peters: I'm beginning to have my doubts.
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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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The Sidewalks of New York
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Music by Charles Lawlor and James W. Blake
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We shall not only dance, we shall roller-skate ...!
13 April 2003 | by (Blue Mountains, Australia) – See all my reviews

It was a delight to come across the movie on DVD. 'Shall We Dance' was the only Fred and Ginger movie of 1937 and didn't do as well as previous efforts, making less than half a million dollars profit at the time (ref. 'The RKO Story' by Jewell and Harbin). Obviously I'd never be able to pick a money-maker as I found it totally brilliant from beginning to end! A wonderful sound track and beautiful score - the only one George and Ira Gershwin ever wrote for Fred and Ginger, more's the pity.

The skimpy story involving romances, misunderstandings and a luxury liner across the Atlantic has been done numerous times but here it seems to work, thanks to the wonderful Eric Blore, Edward Everett Horton and a good supporting cast, with the exception of Ketti Gallian. This lady seems out of place, not unlike the unfortunate Randolph Scott in 'Follow the Fleet'. The musical numbers are a knockout, especially the ship's engine room and roller-skating sequences. Fred plays one of his most endearing parts while Ginger is spellbindingly gorgeous. Viewing a sharp transfer really does show up a lot of things missed when watching less than good prints on television. Ginger's eyes kept me transfixed whenever she appeared :)

A movie to be viewed, and enjoyed, again and again. As good as 'Swing Time' and not far short of my favourite Fred and Ginger movie, 'Flying Down to Rio'.


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