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29 March 1939 (USA) See more »
The story of married couple Irene Castle and Vernon Castle, sensational ballroom dancers prior to World War I. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Fred Astaire ... Vernon Castle

Ginger Rogers ... Irene Castle

Edna May Oliver ... Maggie Sutton

Walter Brennan ... Walter

Lew Fields ... 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
Donald MacBride ... Hotel Manager
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Buzz Barton ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Max Barwyn ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Brooks Benedict ... Stockbroker (uncredited)
Joe Bordeaux ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Eugene Borden ... Frenchman (uncredited)

Lynton Brent ... Mechanic (uncredited)
Mary Brodel ... Irene's Girlfriend (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Stage Manager at Benefit (uncredited)

Neal Burns ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Marge Champion ... Irene's Girlfriend (uncredited)

Tom Chatterton ... Announcer at Benefit (uncredited)
Willis Clare ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Frank Coghlan Jr. ... Boy in Montage (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Man in Montage (uncredited)
Armand Cortes ... Wardrobe Man at Benefit (uncredited)

Adrienne D'Ambricourt ... French Landlady (uncredited)

Roy D'Arcy ... Actor in 'Patria' (uncredited)
Hal K. Dawson ... Man in Balcony in Fields Audience (uncredited)
Dick Dennis ... Singer (uncredited)

Elspeth Dudgeon ... Lady Bolton (uncredited)

Dick Elliott ... Train Conductor (uncredited)

Frank Faylen ... Adjutant (uncredited)

Billy Franey ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Soldier in Nightclub (uncredited)
Dorothy George ... Small Role (uncredited)
Jack George ... Orchestra Conductor - Paris (uncredited)
Wesley Giraud ... Newsboy at Train Station (uncredited)

Eleanor Hansen ... Irene's Girlfriend (uncredited)

Neal Hart ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Ethel Haworth ... Irene's Girlfriend (uncredited)

Russell Hicks ... Colonel (uncredited)
Leyland Hodgson ... British Sergeant (uncredited)

George Irving ... Colonel's Aide (uncredited)
Ida May Johnson ... Small Role (uncredited)
Tiny Jones ... Lady in Revolving Door (uncredited)
Jacques Lory ... French Cab Driver (uncredited)

Dorothy Lovett ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Max Lucke ... Frenchman in Hotel (uncredited)

Hugh McArthur ... Bit Part (uncredited)
David Mcdonald ... Army Pilot (uncredited)
Louis Mercier ... French Singer (uncredited)
John Meredith ... Army Pilot (uncredited)

Frank Mills ... Frank - Stage Manager at Benefit (uncredited)
Bruce Mitchell ... Movie Director (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Nightclub Extra (uncredited)
Leonard Mudie ... British Officer (uncredited)

Esther Muir ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Emmett O'Brien ... Drag Dancer at Benefit (uncredited)

Frank O'Connor ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Milton Owen ... Recruiter (uncredited)
Bill Patton ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Steve Pendleton ... Adjutant (uncredited)

Jack Perrin ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Joe Polosci ... Newsboy at Train Station (uncredited)
Fred Reinhold ... Small Role (uncredited)
Jack Richardson ... Old Man in Montage (uncredited)
Jean Sablon ... Piano Specialty (French Version of 'The Darktown Strutters ' Ball' (uncredited)
Jean Stevens ... Small Role (uncredited)

Kay Sutton ... Girl with Stockbrokers (uncredited)
Fred Sweeney ... Streetcar Conductor (uncredited)
D.H. Turner ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Ellinor Vanderveer ... Guest with the Grand Duke (uncredited)

Theodore von Eltz ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Allen Wood ... Flower Delivery Boy on Bus (uncredited)
William Worthington ... Man Reading Newspaper (uncredited)
Lillian Yarbo ... Mary - Claire's Maid (uncredited)

Directed by
H.C. Potter 
Writing credits
Richard Sherman (screen play)

Oscar Hammerstein II (adaptation) and
Dorothy Yost (adaptation)

Irene Castle (based on stories: "My Husband" and "My Memories of Vernon Castle" by)

Produced by
George Haight .... producer
Original Music by
Robert Russell Bennett (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Robert De Grasse (photographed by) (as Robert de Grasse)
Film Editing by
William Hamilton (edited by)
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Edward Stevenson (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Pandro S. Berman .... in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Argyle Nelson .... assistant director
Art Department
Perry Ferguson .... associate art director
Sound Department
Richard Van Hessen .... recordist
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
John Miehle .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Irene Castle .... designer: costumes worn by Miss Ginger Rogers
Walter Plunkett .... wardrobe and ensembles
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Douglas Travers .... montage
Robert Wise .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Victor Baravalle .... musical director
Robert Russell Bennett .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Hugo Friedhofer .... music arranger (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell .... music arranger (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... music arranger (uncredited)
David Raksin .... music arranger (uncredited)
Roy Webb .... music arranger (uncredited)
Other crew
Irene Castle .... technical advisor
Hermes Pan .... dance director
Lawrence Grant .... flight technical advisor (uncredited)
Leigh Jason .... director: additional scenes (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
Finland:S | Spain:7 | UK:U (passed with cuts) | USA:Approved (PCA #4853)

Did You Know?

Final film of Roy D'Arcy.See more »
Factual errors: Walter, the Foote's and later the Castle's servant/ factotum, was in reality a black man.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in 1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year (2009) (TV)See more »
Missouri WaltzSee more »


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24 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
CASTLES IN THE AIR, 6 November 2001

"Castles in the Air" is the title of Irene's 1958 autobiography but it's also an apt summarization of this robust, poignant tale. Vernon and Irene Castle were far more famous and influential in their day than Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers were later, though they are less remembered now.

This movie pays glorious tribute to the Castles and their dance repertoire which Astaire and Rogers beautifully replicate. The crazy maze of fame that swirled around the young couple, their great love for each other and their private travail, are sensitively presented. The supporting cast includes the always superb Walter Brennan as the Castles' chaperone-servant, and Edna May Oliver as their agent, a take-off on real-life Elisabeth (Bessy) Marbury. Producer Lew Fields, who gave Vernon Castle his first job on the New York stage, makes a cameo appearance.

Although Irene Castle served as technical advisor and assisted Walter Plunkett with costuming, there were polite clashes on the set (and off) between her and Ginger Rogers who objected, most notably, to Irene's insistence that she dye her hair dark and cut it short to more accurately resemble her. For those familiar with Irene Castle, whose extraordinary looks (particularly the bobbed hair-style she introduced) were so much a part of her image, they will understand Irene's dissatisfaction with long-tressed, blonde Rogers. It says much for Ginger Rogers' capabilities that the story is not hindered by this departure from authenticity (more glaring then than today).


This film gives some idea of Irene's popularity as a fashion trendsetter which was tremendous in the 1910s and 20s. In fact, many of the stunning gowns Ginger Rogers wears are quite faithful adaptations of costumes designed by Lucile (Lady Duff-Gordon) for Irene Castle during her Broadway and silent-movie days. Ginger's dress with the handkerchief hem and huge chiffon sleeves (double-banded in fur) was copied from the original which Irene wore for the premiere of Irving Berlin's "Watch Your Step" in 1914. This original, by Lucile, is now at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A black and white evening gown, a pleated silk day dress, and a striped travelling suit are other Lucile designs reproduced by Plunkett for Rogers in this picture.

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