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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

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Walter
Lew Fields ...
Etienne Girardot ...
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
Sonny Lamont ...
Charlie
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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  »

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

Jean Sablon refused the part of the French singer played by Louis Mercier because he thought it too small, but his voice is used on the soundtrack. See more »

Goofs

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

Connections

Referenced in Famous Movie Dogs (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Smiles
(uncredited)
Written by Lee S. Roberts (1918)
Used instrumentally by dance band before waltz medley
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Nice, Underrated Astaire-Rogers Musical
17 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here's one of those rare films that I like where there are no villains, just a nice, old-fashioned story with good people.

Of all the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers films, I would guess this gets the least amount of publicity and if that's true, it's a shame.

There are plenty of dance scenes in here. I prefer the tap dancing to ballroom, but that's just my personal tastes. The famous dancing duo are great with any style. I like Walter Brennan, so it's nice to see him in this film and it also was nice to see Edna May Oliver play a nice character, for a change.

The only complaint was the ending was so predictable. You see it coming a mile away. How true this story is, I can't say, but overall it's one of my favorite Astaire-Rogers movies. I am sorry it gets so little attention.


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