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The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939)

Approved | | Biography, Musical, Romance | 29 March 1939 (USA)
This is the film version of Vernon and Irene Castle, sensational ballroom dancers prior to World War I.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Walter
Lew Fields ...
Etienne Girardot ...
Papa Aubel
Janet Beecher ...
Mrs. Foote
Rolfe Sedan ...
Emile Aubel
Leonid Kinskey ...
Artist
Robert Strange ...
Dr. Foote
Douglas Walton ...
Student Pilot
Clarence Derwent ...
Papa Louis
Sonny Lamont ...
Charlie
Frances Mercer ...
Claire Ford
Victor Varconi ...
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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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, hired as a technical consultant on the film, wanted to have a scene in which Rogers is supposed to be coming from a horseback ride re-shot because she wasn't wearing a hat. See more »

Goofs

Walter, the Foote's and later the Castle's servant/ factotum, was in reality a black man. See more »

Connections

Featured in Tango Bar (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Take Me Back to New York Town
(uncredited)
Written by Harry von Tilzer (1907)
Lyrics by 'Andrew Sterling (II)'
Sung briefly by chorus
Danced in medley by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
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Vernon and Irene
21 August 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

From all the films that Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers worked as a team, "The Vernon and Irene Castle Story" is perhaps the only one with a credible story line because it's based on real people. The film is basically Irene Castle's memoirs and it shows us the couple that got people to dance during the first part of the last century. The film, directed by H.C. Potter has some good moments in which the screen play by Dorothy West and Oscar Hammerstein, show us the couple in its heyday.

The Castles were an institution in the America of those years. We follow them throughout their years together and the people around them and we watch them performing some of the songs that were associated with them.

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers do wonders with their characters. Edna May Oliver and the wonderful Walter Brennan shine in their roles. We get a small appearance by Lew Fields, the man responsible for the Castle's career in show business.

While most fans of Fred and Ginger will probably be looking to their usual big production numbers, the ones performed in this movie aren't up to par with whatever we have seen them do in previous films, but these actors make a delightful couple, as always.


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