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Allan Scott (screen play) &
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Release Date:
2 September 1938 (USA) See more »
Dr. Tony Flagg's friend, Steven, has problems in the relationship with his fiancee, Amanda, so he persuades her to visit Dr... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Fred Astaire ... Tony Flagg

Ginger Rogers ... Amanda Cooper

Ralph Bellamy ... Stephen Arden
Luella Gear ... Aunt Cora

Jack Carson ... Connors
Clarence Kolb ... Judge Travers
Franklin Pangborn ... Roland Hunter
Walter Kingsford ... Dr. Powers
Kay Sutton ... Miss Adams
The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir (as Robert B. Mitchell and his St. Brendan's Boys)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry A. Bailey ... Sponsor (uncredited)

Bobby Barber ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Cliff Bergere ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Man at Country Club (uncredited)
James P. Burtis ... Glass Truck Driver (uncredited)
Harry Campbell ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Charles Coleman ... Doorman (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Man at Country Club (uncredited)
William Corson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
George DeNormand ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... Man at Country Club (uncredited)
James Finlayson ... Man at Golf Course (uncredited)
Edward Gargan ... Policeman (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Paul Guilfoyle ... Elevator Starter (uncredited)
Dolly Haas ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Grace Hayle ... Grace (uncredited)
Vinton Hayworth ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Ray Hendricks ... Waiter (uncredited)
Phyllis Kennedy ... Woman (voice) (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Repairman on Ladder (uncredited)
Richard Lane ... Henry - Country Club Headwaiter (uncredited)
Teddy Mangean ... Man on Bicycle Path (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ... Country Club Waiter (uncredited)

Hattie McDaniel ... Hattie (uncredited)
Harold Minjir ... Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Country Club Member (uncredited)
Frank Moran ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Jack Rice ... Man with Walking Cane (uncredited)
Bob Rose ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Allan Scott ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jean Stevens ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Fred Sweeney ... Man on Bicycle Path (uncredited)
Robert Weldon ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Marek Windheim ... Country Club Waiter (uncredited)
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Directed by
Mark Sandrich 
Writing credits
Allan Scott (screen play) &
Ernest Pagano (screen play)

Dudley Nichols (story and adaptation) &
Hagar Wilde (story and adaptation)

Marian Ainslee (based on an original idea by) and
Guy Endore (based on an original idea by)

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer
Original Music by
Robert Russell Bennett (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Robert De Grasse (photographed by) (as Robert de Grasse)
Film Editing by
William Hamilton 
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Fred Fleck .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Argyle Nelson .... assistant director
Leslie Goodwins .... second unit 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
Camera and Electrical Department
John Miehle .... still photographer (uncredited)
Bill Williams .... second unit photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Howard Greer .... gowns: Miss Rogers
Edward Stevenson .... wardrobe
Music Department
Victor Baravalle .... musical director
Irving Berlin .... lyrics and music by
Robert Russell Bennett .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Hal Borne .... pianist: rehearsal (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Max Reese .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Gene Rose .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Roy Webb .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Hermes Pan .... ensembles stager
Bill Brande .... dance director: rehearsal (uncredited)
E. Cobb .... stand-in: Luella Gear (uncredited)
Chuck Colean .... stand-in: Ralph Bellamy (uncredited)
Harry Cornbleth .... stand-in: Fred Astaire (uncredited)
Fred Fleck .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Hermes Pan .... choreographer (uncredited)
Vasso Pan .... dance director: rehearsals (uncredited)
Dorothy Panter .... stand-in: Fred Astaire (uncredited)
W. Stewart .... stand-in: Clarence Kolb (uncredited)
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Additional Details

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83 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
Argentina:Atp | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1938) | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #4307) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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In her 1991 autobiography, "Ginger: My Story," Miss Rogers related that the entire film originally was planned for Technicolor. However, other sources, including Arlene Croce's "The Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers Book," a lauded study published in 1972, maintained that just one Irving Berlin song, "I Used to Be Color Blind," would have bust into Technicolor during the dance. Miss Croce explained that color tests were shot, but their quality was poor, so the scheme was dropped.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: At the end of the first brief dance at the dinner party, the music slows to a conclusion, but the conductor continues to move his arms as though the music is still playing.See more »
Amanda Cooper:[under hypnosis] Dr. Flagg is a horrible monster! Men like him should be shot down like dogs! Shot down like dogs! Shot down like dogs!See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Saint in New York (1938)See more »
Since They Turned Loch Lomand into SwingSee more »


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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Underrated Classic, 8 June 2001
Author: James Brian Hardman from Charlotte, NC USA

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers star in this delightful romantic musical comedy with a twist on the usual Fred and Ginger plot. Though odd and short in the musical number department, this teasing romantic romp features some of their best dancing and good humor to boot. Ginger Rogers is nothing short of stunning in this picture and Mr. Astaire's feet never touch the ground. Definitely their most underrated film.

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