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On Your Toes (1939)

 -  Music | Comedy  -  14 October 1939 (USA)
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A young hoofer quits vaudeville to become a composer and hooks up with a Russian ballet troupe.

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Vera Zorina ...
Vera Barnova
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Phil Dolan Jr.
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Sergei Alexandrovitch
Frank McHugh ...
Paddy Reilly
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Phil Dolan Sr.
Leonid Kinskey ...
Ivan Boultonoff
Gloria Dickson ...
Peggy Porterfield
Queenie Smith ...
Mrs. Lil Dolan
Erik Rhodes ...
Konstantin Morrisine
Berton Churchill ...
Donald Henderson
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Phil Jr. as a Boy
Sarita Wooton ...
Vera as a Girl (as Sarita Wooten)
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Junior Donal, an ex-vaudevillian now teaching music at Knickerbocker University in New York, enlists to help of patroness Peggy Portefield to persuade Sergei Alexandrovich, the director of the Russian Ballet, to stage a friend's jazzy "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" ballet. Junior becomes involved with the company's prima ballerina, Vera Barnova, and even takes over the male lead in "Slaughter". This so enrages Vera's lover and regular dancing partner that he hires two thugs to kill Junior while he is performing on stage. Written by Alessandro Martini <alemartini@geocities.com>

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"On Your Toes" was adapted from a Broadway musical that opened at the Imperial Theater in New York on April 11, 1936 and ran for 315 performances. Ray Bolger starred in the original stage production. The musical was revived on Broadway in 1954 and 1983. See more »

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Lorenz Hart, the lyricist for the original Broadway show, receives onscreen credit, but his lyrics are never sung at all in the film. See more »


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Music by Richard Rodgers
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Nice cast in what is the shadow of a Broadway musical
20 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Vera Zorina, Eddie Albert, Alan Hale, Jr., Frank McHugh, Leonid Kinskey, Donald O'Connor, and James Gleason star in "On Your Toes," a 1939 film based on the Broadway show of the same name, which starred Ray Bolger and had music and lyrics by Rogers and Hart. If you think you hear "There's a Small Hotel" in the background throughout this film, you are - it was one of the songs in the musical that is not performed here. Since the star is Vera Zorina, the song omissions are presumably because she wasn't a singer. You'd think Hollywood just never dubbed anyone or just never assigned a song to a different character.

At any rate, if you forget the original show, what's left is actually entertaining, with Albert playing Phil Dolan, Jr., a young hoofer turned composer who writes "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue." The two dance sections, "Princess Zenobia" and "Slaughter" are the highlights of the film, with Slaughter very importantly shown with the original Balanchine choreography.

The other highlight for me was seeing a young Donald O'Connor, who plays the Phil as a young boy in vaudeville - he's delightful.

Some trivia: the head of the ballet company, played here by Alan Hale, Jr., was played on Broadway by Monty Wooley.


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