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The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Musical | 29 March 1939 (USA)
The story of married couple Irene Castle and Vernon Castle, sensational ballroom dancers prior to World War I.

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Walter
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Papa Aubel
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Mrs. Foote
Rolfe Sedan ...
Emile Aubel
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Artist
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Dr. Foote
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Student Pilot
Clarence Derwent ...
Papa Louis
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Charlie
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Claire Ford
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Grand Duke
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Storyline

In 1911, Vernon Castle, minor comic in a stage revue, pursues the leading lady to a New Jersey beach...where, instead, he meets stage-struck Irene Foote. A few misadventures later, they're married; at Irene's insistence, they abandon comedy to attempt a dancing career, which attempt only lands them in Paris without a sou. Fortunately, agent Maggie Sutton hears them rehearse and starts them on their brilliant career as the world's foremost ballroom dancers. But at the height of their fame, World War I begins... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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29 March 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La grande farandole  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,196,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,120,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$705,000
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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Roy D'Arcy. See more »

Goofs

When Vernon first meets Irene, the song By The Beautiful Sea is playing. This song was written in 1914. The Castles were married in 1911, which makes it impossible for this to be the song playing when they first met, as reiterated by Irene after learning of her husband's death. See more »


Soundtracks

Nights of Gladness
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Written by Charles Ancliffe (1912)
Waltz medley: Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
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Fred and Ginger as Vernon and Irene
30 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

How strange to contemplate the enormous popularity of Vernon and Irene Castle before World War I and to realize that, without this film, no one would know who they are today. I hope the same is never true of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers' teaming. Because of their presence on film in ten movies, it shouldn't.

Based on two Irene Castle books, this movie has more plot and more drama than the other Fred and Ginger pairings, and if you can accept that it isn't "Flying Down to Rio," "Top Hat," or "Swing Time," you'll enjoy it. Ginger Rogers does a great job as Irene, in the more dramatic of the two roles, proving again what a wonderful actress she was. The dancing was, of course, great. Ginger's gowns were actually copies of Irene's trendsetting gowns. Irene's hairstyle was well-known as well, and she wanted Ginger to dye her hair dark to match her own. But Rogers refused.

Vernon and Irene, during their short pairing, introduced many dances to the public, including the "Castle Walk" and the fox trot.

The movie's ending is a sad one, but I can't agree with another poster than the final visual was trite. I kind of liked it.


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