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Shall We Dance
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Director:
Writers:
Allan Scott (screen play) and
Ernest Pagano (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
7 May 1937 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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 »
NewsDesk:
(6 articles)
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Romcoms: end of the affair?
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We shall not only dance, we shall roller-skate ...! See more (44 total) »

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 Denise Tarrington
William Brisbane ... Jim Montgomery
Harriet Hoctor ... Herself
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)
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Directed by
Mark Sandrich 
 
Writing credits
Allan Scott (screen play) and
Ernest Pagano (screen play)

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 dresser
 
Sound Department
Hugh McDowell Jr. .... recordist
 
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects (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 stager
Hermes Pan .... ballet stager
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)
 
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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)

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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
Jeffrey Baird:[picks up phone] Hello?
Cecil Flintridge:Oh, hello, Jeffrey. Yes, are you there?
Jeffrey Baird:Of course I'm here.
Cecil Flintridge:Now don't shout at me - I'm in jail.
Jeffrey Baird:Well, that's all right; we don't need you.
Cecil Flintridge:I'm in jail for battery, and I want you to get me out. I'm at the Susquehannah Street Jail . . . Susquehannah! Susquehannah - S-U-S-Q-U-Q! Q! You know, the thing you play billiards with . . . Billiards! B-I-L-L-
Policeman at Jail:What is this, a spelling bee?
Cecil Flintridge:Ahem. No, "L" for larynx. L-A-R-Y . . . N-No, not "M", N! . . . "N" as in neighbor! Neighbor, N-E-I-G-H-B--B! B! Bzzz. Bzzz. You know, the stinging insect! Insect! I-N-S-S! S, for symbol. S-Y . . . Y! Y!
Jeffrey Baird:Well, why? Don't ask me "why."
Cecil Flintridge:Look, Jeffrey. I'm in jail. W-wait a minute. What jail did you say this was?
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For He's a Jolly Good FellowSee more »

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25 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
We shall not only dance, we shall roller-skate ...!, 13 April 2003
Author: John (opsbooks) from Blue Mountains, Australia

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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