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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,196,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,120,000 (USA)
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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The real Irene Castle was on the production team for this movie. She was considered to be very difficult to work with and was extremely hard to please. According to Ginger Rogers, who plays Irene in the film, she hated every costume that she wore. And when Rogers refused to cut her own hair to create the bob hairstyle that Irene had created, she became even more difficult. See more »

Goofs

When first in Paris, the band plays Darktown Strutters Ball. This song was written in 1917, certainly ahead of the date of this part of the film as the Castles were on their honeymoon. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Famous Movie Dogs (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

The Glow-Worm
(uncredited)
Written by Paul Lincke (1902)
English lyrics by Lilla Cayley Robinson (1907)
Sung by female chorus
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My favorite musical!

This movie is great! Not only do Rogers and Astaire display their fabulous dancing skills, but I think their acting is great too! I love to look at Ginger's dresses...especially Irene's trademark fox pieces when they do the 'Fox Trot'. The ending always moves me to tears; it's wonderful. If you haven't seen "The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle", and are a Rogers and Astaire fan, you need to. This is my favorite movie featuring the dynamic duo. It gets a 10 out of 10!!


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