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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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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 »
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User Reviews:
Oh, no, they can't take that away from me 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 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. .... recorded by
 
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)

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Trivia:
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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Soundtrack:
Beginner's LuckSee more »

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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Oh, no, they can't take that away from me, 24 September 2006
Author: blanche-2 from United States

"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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