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Director:
Writers:
Michael Fessier (original screenplay) &
Ernest Pagano (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 September 1941 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Exciting loveliness and rhythm in a star-spangled army musical!
Plot:
After his wife discovers a telltale diamond bracelet, impresario Martin Cortland tries to show he's not chasing after showgirl Sheila Winthrop... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
NewsDesk:
(2 articles)
Andrew Embiricos: Rita Hayworth Grandson Dies of Apparent Suicide
 (From Alt Film Guide. 6 December 2011, 7:14 PM, PST)

Five Insanely Romantic Fred Astaire Dances
 (From IFC. 14 February 2011, 12:44 PM, PST)

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Astaire and a Dazzling Hayworth Amid Boogie-Woogie Beats and Wartime Shenanigans See more (20 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Fred Astaire ... Robert Curtis

Rita Hayworth ... Sheila Winthrop
Robert Benchley ... Martin Cortland
John Hubbard ... Capt. Tom Barton

Osa Massen ... Sonya
Frieda Inescort ... Mrs. Julia Cortland
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Kewpie Blain (as Guinn Williams)
Donald MacBride ... Top Sergeant
Cliff Nazarro ... Swivel Tongue 'Swiv'
Marjorie Gateson ... Aunt Louise
Ann Shoemaker ... Mrs. Barton
Boyd Davis ... Col. Shiller
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sam Ash ... Nightclub Headwaiter (uncredited)
Bonnie Bronson ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Lucius Brooks ... Guard House Singer - One of The Four Tones (uncredited)
Stanley Brown ... Private (uncredited)
Leon Buck ... Guard House Singer - One of The Four Tones (uncredited)
Harry Burns ... Foreigner at Information Counter (uncredited)
John L. Cason ... Soldier (uncredited)
Eddie Coke ... Army Chauffeur (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ... Soldier (uncredited)
Buddy Collette ... Clarinetist - One of the Delta Rhythm Boys (uncredited)
Monte Collins ... Soldier Trying to Sleep (uncredited)
Joe Comfort ... Guard House Jug Player (uncredited)
Virginia Davis ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Hal K. Dawson ... Railroad Information Clerk (uncredited)
Dona Dax ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Lester Dorr ... Photographer at Crystal Room (uncredited)
Frank Ferguson ... Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
The Four Tones ... Guard House Singers (uncredited)
Harold Goodwin ... Capt. Nolan (uncredited)
Alfred Grant ... Guitarist - One of the Delta Rhythm Boys (uncredited)
Chico Hamilton ... Drummer - one of the Delta Rhythm Boys (uncredited)
Ira Hardin ... Guard House Singer - One of The Four Tones (uncredited)
Robert Homans ... Joe, Stage Doorman (uncredited)
Rudolph Hunter ... Guard House Singer - One of The Four Tones (uncredited)
Gwen Kenyon ... Singer (uncredited)
Eddie Laughton ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Red Mack ... Trumpeter - on of the Delta Rhythm Boys (uncredited)
Beth Marlowe ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Patti McCarty ... Young Girl (uncredited)
Edward McWade ... Doctor at Induction Center (uncredited)
James Millican ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Soldier Messenger (uncredited)
Peggy Lou Neary ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Sunnie O'Dea ... Marge (uncredited)
Jack O'Malley ... Sentry (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... Robert's Guard (uncredited)
Paul Phillips ... Capt. Williams (uncredited)
John Porter ... Guard House Singer - One of The Four Tones (uncredited)
Forrest Prince ... Dancer (uncredited)
Tom Quinn ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Jack Rice ... 5th Avenue Jewelry Salesman (uncredited)
Cyril Ring ... Passerby on Street (uncredited)
Tim Ryan ... Cop ticketing Curtis (uncredited)
Kay St. Germain Wells ... Woman (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Sarge, Col. Shiller's Orderly (uncredited)
Frank Sully ... Robert's Guard (uncredited)
Martha Tilton ... Singer in 'Wedding Cake Walk' Number (uncredited)
Dorothy Vernon ... Kewpie's Mother (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Jenkins, Martin's Chauffeur (uncredited)
Dorothy Ward ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Frank Wayne ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Larry Williams ... Prisoner (uncredited)
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Directed by
Sidney Lanfield 
 
Writing credits
Michael Fessier (original screenplay) &
Ernest Pagano (original screenplay)

Produced by
Samuel Bischoff .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Philip Tannura (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Otto Meyer 
 
Art Direction by
Lionel Banks 
 
Costume Design by
Irene (uncredited)
Robert Kalloch (gowns) (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup supervisor (uncredited)
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gene Anderson .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
John P. Livadary .... chief sound engineer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ray Howell .... costume supervisor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Philip Faulkner Jr. .... music recordist (as P.J. Faulkner)
Paul Mertz .... assistant musical director
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
Leo Arnaud .... music arranger (uncredited)
Charles Bradshaw .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Carmen Dragon .... music arranger (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Robert Alton .... dances stager
Jack Voglin .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
88 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The language that Swivel Tongue (Cliff Nazarro) uses was called "double talk" and was a popular fad during WW2.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: As Fred Astaire and Robert Benchley are discussing the upcoming show they pass several soldiers who are working with shovels. Though the soldiers are supposed to be breaking up clods and smoothing the dirt the shovels never come within six inches of the ground.See more »
Quotes:
Martin Cortland:Do anything so long as you make my wife believe I was telling the truth when I was lying to her!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 2 (1999) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Shootin' the Works for Uncle SamSee more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Astaire and a Dazzling Hayworth Amid Boogie-Woogie Beats and Wartime Shenanigans, 6 September 2007
Author: Ed Uyeshima from San Francisco, CA, USA

Barely five minutes into the film and only thirty seconds long, a small jewel is not to be missed in this vintage 1941 musical, as it ranks among the best dance numbers to be seen from the golden age of Hollywood. It's where Fred Astaire casually asks Rita Hayworth to follow him on a complex tap routine set to Cole Porter's "Boogie Barcarole". That Astaire performs flawlessly is to be expected, but the stunning 23-year old Hayworth is startling in her precision and élan. Not only is she absurdly beautiful in her crisp rehearsal togs, but she matches Astaire step for step with unbridled confidence and with her long, gorgeous gams perfectly synchronized with his. The rest of the number, performed with an army of similarly dressed dancers, is not nearly as interesting especially since the fusion between boogie-woogie and classical feels forced.

The movie itself, directed by Sidney Lanfield and written by Michael Fessier and Ernest Pagano, is a silly mistaken identity affair that feels lifted from one of Astaire's earlier pairings with Ginger Rogers and then retrofitted into a military theme. Hardly a stretch, he plays Bob Curtis, a Broadway dancer and choreographer who works for philandering producer Martin Cortland, played by Algonquin wit Robert Benchley. Cortland has his eyes on chorus dancer Sheila Winthrop and attempts to give her a diamond bracelet until his wife Julia mistakes the gift for her. He pretends the bracelet is from Curtis, which of course, leads to larger complications, especially when Curtis gets drafted and his superior officer turns out to be Sheila's intended fiancé. Off the dance floor and in her first leading role, Hayworth, already in her 38th film, is charming as Sheila, although Frieda Inescort easily steals all her scenes as the deadpan Julia, a perfect match to the acerbic Benchley.

Lowbrow comic shenanigans are interspersed with the Robert Alton-choreographed musical numbers. The highlights are an impressive Astaire tap solo set to "Since I Kissed My Baby Goodbye" and two more duets with Hayworth - the alluring rumba, "So Near and Yet So Far", and the infectious "Wedding Cake Walk" where the pair get married amid a dress-alike chorus, do a mean Harlem shuffle and tap-dance atop a white cake shaped like a tank. In fact, opening two months before Pearl Harbor, the film portends the upcoming war with patriotic ensemble numbers like "Shootin' the Works for Uncle Sam". The 2003 DVD includes trailers for this film as well as two classic Hayworth vehicles, the career-defining Gilda, and future husband Orson Welles' pulp classic, The Lady from Shanghai. The movie is very lightweight, but Astaire's artistry is always worthwhile in any setting, and it's easy to see why Hayworth became the fantasy figure of many an American soldier.

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