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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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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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User Reviews:
Rogers, Astaire and Gershwin! 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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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:
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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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Rogers, Astaire and Gershwin!, 13 November 2005
Author: drednm from United States

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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