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Shall We Dance
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Director:
Writers:
Allan Scott (screen play by) and
Ernest Pagano (screen play by) ...
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Release Date:
7 May 1937 (USA) See more »
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Hot Feet ! See more »
Plot:
A budding romance between a ballet master and a tapdancer becomes complicated when rumours surface that they're already married. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Fred Astaire ... Petrov

Ginger Rogers ... Linda Keene

Edward Everett Horton ... Jeffrey Baird
Eric Blore ... Cecil Flintridge
Jerome Cowan ... Arthur Miller
Ketti Gallian ... Lady Tarrington
William Brisbane ... Jim Montgomery
Harriet Hoctor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norman Ainsley ... Ship's Bartender (uncredited)

Ben Alexander ... Evans - a Bandleader (uncredited)
Sherwood Bailey ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Matthew Boulton ... Ship's Officer (uncredited)
Harry Bowen ... Johnson - the Locksmith (uncredited)
Sidney Bracey ... First Steward (uncredited)
William Burress ... New Jersey Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
Charles Coleman ... Central Park Policeman (uncredited)
Monte Collins ... Usher-Messenger (uncredited)
Jean De Briac ... Show Producer (uncredited)
Dudley Dickerson ... Engine Room Singer (uncredited)
Pauline Garon ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Douglas Gordon ... Steward (uncredited)
Helena Grant ... Passenger Starting Gossip (uncredited)
Charlie Hall ... Ship's Bartender (uncredited)

Eddie Hall ... Man on Stairs with Blonde (uncredited)
Jane Hamilton ... Woman (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Passenger Walking Dog (uncredited)
Sam Hayes ... Dispatcher (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ... Fire Drill Steward (uncredited)
Tiny Jones ... Flower Woman (uncredited)
Lew Kelly ... Policeman at Jail (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Room Steward (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Marie Marks ... Woman (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... Doorman (uncredited)
Torben Meyer ... Show Producer (uncredited)
Frank Moran ... Process Server (uncredited)
Henry Mowbray ... Radio Officer (uncredited)
Leonard Mudie ... Room Service Waiter (uncredited)
Vesey O'Davoren ... Ship's Bartender (uncredited)
Jack Rice ... Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Matty Roubert ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
George Savidan ... Errand Boy (uncredited)
Rolfe Sedan ... Ballet Master (uncredited)
Mary Stewart ... Dancer and Singer (uncredited)
Spencer Teakle ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Pete Theodore ... Linda's Dancing Partner (uncredited)
Richard Tucker ... Mr. Russell - Attorney (uncredited)
Marek Windheim ... Ballet Master (uncredited)
Sam Wren ... Charlie (uncredited)
Emma Young ... Tai (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark Sandrich 
 
Writing credits
Allan Scott (screen play by) and
Ernest Pagano (screen play by)

P.J. Wolfson (adaptation by)

Lee Loeb (based on a story by) and
Harold Buchman (based on a story by)

Anne Morrison Chapin  contributor to treatment (uncredited)
James Gow  contributor to screenplay construction (uncredited)
Edmund H. North  contributor to screenplay construction (uncredited)

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... production (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
David Abel (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
William Hamilton (edited by)
 
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
J.R. Crone .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Argyle Nelson .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Carroll Clark .... associate art director
Darrell Silvera .... set dressing
 
Sound Department
Hugh McDowell Jr. .... recordist
 
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects by (as Vernon Walker)
Katherine Stubergh .... character masks (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph F. Biroc .... camera operator (uncredited)
J. Roy Hunt .... camera operator (uncredited)
John Miehle .... still photographer (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Irene .... gowns: Miss Rogers'
Edith Clark .... wardrobe attendant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
George Gershwin .... music by
Ira Gershwin .... lyrics by
Nathaniel Shilkret .... musical director
Robert Russell Bennett .... music arranger (uncredited)
Hal Borne .... musician: rehearsal pianist (uncredited)
Joseph A. Livingston .... music arranger (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Harry Losee .... ballet staged by
Hermes Pan .... ballet staged by
Harry Cornbleth .... stand-in: Fred Astaire (uncredited)
Eddie Hall .... stand-in: Edward Everett Horton (uncredited)
John Huettner .... stand-in: Edward Everett Horton (uncredited)
Marie Osborne .... stand-in: Ginger Rogers (uncredited)
Paul Rochin .... stand-in (uncredited)
Harry Timms .... stand-in (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
109 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:S | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1937) | UK:U | UK:U (video rating) (1985) | USA:Approved (PCA #2994) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
At the end of the roller skate dance number in the park the stars flop onto the "lawn". In the film both Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers appear uncomfortable as they get up. This is because both were bruised from more than fifteen earlier takes and were actually in pain.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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Soundtrack:
For He's a Jolly Good FellowSee more »

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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
shall we skate?, 23 January 2004
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

Perhaps the best number in this is Fred and Ginger's dance 'n tap on roller-skates, but the terrific Gershwin score helps a lot (including 'Let's Call The Whole Thing Off', 'They Can't Take That Away From Me' and several others).

This is one of the pair's best, with the usual strong support from Edward Everett Horton, Eric Blore and Jerome Cowan. A silly plot, with Astaire as a Russian ballet dancer (not really Russian, his real name is Peter P Peters!) and Rogers as a musical revue star, who meet and get embroiled in a fake marriage run-around. Horton plays Astaire's fussy manager, Blore plays a pompous hotel manager (the scene in the jail prompting the cop to ask 'what is this, a spelling bee?' is hilarious), and Cowan plays Rogers' manager (a chap distractingly named Arthur Miller).

'Shall We Dance' showcases Ginger Rogers in particular and gives her chance to shine; Fred Astaire remains the usual unattractive pest until he breaks into singing and dancing; and the finale, with a bevy of masked honeys who look like Ginger, has a certain originality. A great team at their very best.

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