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Frank Cavett (original story)
Elaine Ryan (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
3 January 1941 (USA) See more »
When perennial college students Danny O'Neill and Hank Taylor are forced to make it on their own, the competitive pair get jobs with Artie Shaw's band and reunite with ex-manager Ellen Miller. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Fred Astaire ... Danny O'Neill

Paulette Goddard ... Ellen Miller

Artie Shaw ... Artie Shaw

Charles Butterworth ... Mr. Chisholm

Burgess Meredith ... Hank Taylor

Frank Melton ... Stu
Jimmy Conlin ... Mr. Dunn (as Jimmy Conlon)
Don Brodie ... Clerk
Marjorie Kane ... Secretary

Joan Barclay ... Receptionist
Willa Pearl Curtis ... Scrubwoman

Artie Shaw and His Orchestra ... Artie Shaw's Orchestra (as Artie Shaw And His Band)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Phil Arnold ... Shaw's First Manager (uncredited)

Bobby Barber ... Room Service Waiter (uncredited)
Bus Bassey ... Tenor Sax Player (uncredited)

William 'Billy' Benedict ... Ticket Taker (uncredited)
Vernon Brown ... Trombone Player (uncredited)
Billy Butterfield ... Trumpet Player (uncredited)

Romaine Callender ... Waiter (uncredited)
Jack Cathcart ... Trumpet Player (uncredited)

Heinie Conklin ... Reporter (uncredited)

Gordon De Main ... Elevator Passenger (uncredited)
Jud De Naut ... Bass Player (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Nick Fatool ... Drummer (uncredited)
Jack Gardner ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jack Gordon ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Johnny Guarnieri ... Piano Player (uncredited)
Ben Hall ... Western Union Boy (uncredited)
Alton Hendrickson ... Guitar Player (uncredited)
Jack Jenney ... Trombone Player (uncredited)
Jerry Jerome ... Tenor Sax Player (uncredited)
Adia Kuznetzoff ... Boris (uncredited)
Lillian Lawrence ... Spinster (uncredited)
Alexander Leftwich ... Elevator Passenger (uncredited)

Ben Lessy ... Shaw's Second Manager (uncredited)
Joseph Marievsky ... Ivan (uncredited)

Charles R. Moore ... Sam - Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Buddy Morrow ... Musician (uncredited)
Spec O'Donnell ... Disappointed Fan at Stage Door (uncredited)

Hermes Pan ... College Clarinetist (uncredited)
Neely Plumb ... Alto Sax Player (uncredited)
Albert Pollet ... Waiter (uncredited)
June Preston ... Little Blonde Girl Dancing (uncredited)

Fred Rapport ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Les Robinson ... Alto Sax Player (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

Charles Smith ... College Boy with Zinc Oxide on His Nose (uncredited)

Mary Stewart ... Dancer/Singer (uncredited)
Leonard Sues ... Trumpet Player (uncredited)
Edward Thomas ... Waiter (uncredited)
Michael Visaroff ... Sergei (uncredited)
George Wendt ... Trumpet Player (uncredited)

Poppy Wilde ... Night Club Patron (uncredited)
Allen Wood ... Messenger (uncredited)

Directed by
H.C. Potter 
Writing credits
Frank Cavett (original story)

Elaine Ryan (screenplay) and
Ian McLellan Hunter (screenplay)

Johnny Mercer (contributor to screenplay)

Ben Hecht  uncredited

Produced by
Boris Morros .... producer
Robert Stillman .... associate producer
Fred Astaire .... associate producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Artie Shaw 
Cinematography by
Theodor Sparkuhl (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jack Dennis 
Art Direction by
Boris Leven 
Makeup Department
Don L. Cash .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Joseph H. Nadel .... production manager (as Joe Nadel)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Cavett .... associate director
Edward Montagne .... assistant director
Robert Stillman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Howard Bristol .... set dresser
Sound Department
William A. Wilmarth .... sound recorder (as William Wilmarth)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Helen Taylor .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Fred R. Feitshans Jr. .... assistant film editor (as Fred Feitshans)
Music Department
Edward Paul .... associate musical director (as Eddie Paul)
Perry Botkin Sr. .... musician (uncredited)
Billy Butterfield .... musician: trumpet dubbing for Burgess Meredith (uncredited)
Johnny Guarnieri .... music arranger (uncredited)
Bobby Hackett .... musician: trumpet dubbing for Fred Astaire (uncredited)
Gregory Stone .... music arranger (uncredited)
Other crew
Hermes Pan .... dance director
Howard J. Green .... script polisher (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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84 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:S | Sweden:15 | UK:U | UK:U (video rating) (1986) (1997) (2001) (2005) (2008) (2010) | USA:Passed (Classified and Passed by) (The National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (MPPDA rating: certificate #6708)

Did You Know?

Dance director Hermes Pan appears as a clarinetist in the college band sequences.See more »
Continuity: At c.3 minutes Danny's chair suddenly jumps to immediately (and intimately) next to Ellen's left side at the table..See more »
Danny O'Neill:[hiding himself] What'ya think you're doing under this bed?
Hank Taylor:Looking for a collar button.
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Sweet Sue Just YouSee more »


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