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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 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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$991,000 (estimated)
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The seventh (of ten) dancing partnership of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera vs. Gaos (1988) See more »

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Beginner's Luck
(1937) (uncredited)
Words by Ira Gershwin
Music by George Gershwin
Sung by Fred Astaire
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Oh, no, they can't take that away from me
24 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Shall We Dance" is for this viewer one of the great Astaire-Rogers films, even if some of the comments don't agree. I love it because of the glorious Astaire dancing. One of my all-time favorite numbers of his is "Slap that Bass" in which Astaire dances to the rhythm of machines. Oh, those pirouettes! Amazing. I rewound and watched it twice more.

Astaire plays a ballet dancer named Petrov. In real life, Astaire was loathe to do ballet because he was self-conscious about his large hands. Who's looking at his hands? Petrov falls hard for singer Linda Keene (Rogers, who else) and arranges to follow her on the same ship to New York.

Everyone has a great time, including the comic relief, Eric Blore, Edward Everett Horton, and Jerome Cowan. One of the best scenes occurs as Horton and Cowan smuggle a dummy of Linda (from a number she never did) into Astaire's stateroom to photograph the two together and prove they're married (they're not. And Blore getting arrested and telephoning to get bailed out of the Susquehana jail is wonderful.

But "Shall We Dance," like the previous Astaire-Rogers pairings, isn't about the plot, it's about the music and dance. What music, what dance. George and Ira Gershwin's score includes "I've Got Beginner's Luck," and "They All Laughed," both sung by Astaire, "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" (sung and danced by the pair on roller skates), "They Can't Take That Away From Me" (sung by Astaire), and the music later becomes a ballet sequence with Astaire and Harriet Hoctor. Astaire and Rogers dance to "Shall We Dance" after Astaire sings the number and the two reprise "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off."

You can't beat "Shall We Dance" for pure escapism, breathtaking dance, and great songs.


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