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We Were Dancing (1942)

Two titled aristocrats support themselves by being professional house guests in the homes of star-struck American nouveau riche.



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Complete credited cast:
Victoria Anastasia 'Vicki' Wilomirska
Nicholas Eugen August Wolfgang 'Nikki' Prax, aka Mr. Manescu
Linda Wayne
Hubert Tyler
Judge Sidney Hawkes
Major Berty Tyler-Blane
Grand Duke Basil
Mrs. Elsa Vanderlip
Mrs. Tyler-Blane
Connie Gilchrist ...
Olive Ransome
Mrs. Janet Bentley
Florence Shirley ...
Mrs. Charteris
Mr. Bryce-Carew
Mrs. Bryce-Carew


Princess Victoria 'Vicki' Wilomirska and Baron Nicholas Eugen August Wolfgang 'Nikki' Prax are expatriate European nobles with no assets or property except their aristocratic pedigrees. They have become professional house guests at homes of socially ambitious nouveau riche Americans who want the prestige of playing hosts to these titled spongers. However, when Vicki and Nikki want to get married, they find that married royals are not in demand as eligibly unmarried ones. Ultimately one of these socially attractive, unambitious bluebloods will have to do the unthinkable and actually get a job. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

18 September 1942 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

A Valsa Irresistível  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The play consisted of 3 parts, each shown on a different evening. It opened in London on 9 January 1936; the Broadway openings for each part took place on 24 November 1936, 27 November 1936 and 30 November 1936 and starred Noël Coward and Gertrude Lawrence, running for a total of 118 performances for all three shows. There were 2 Broadway revivals. See more »


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We Were Dancing
Music by Noël Coward
The waltz theme heard throughout the film
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Norma Shearer has a Bad Dye
10 November 2010 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Though she's promised her hand in marriage to a handsome lawyer, frivolous Polish princess Norma Shearer (as Victoria "Vicki" Wilomirska) falls in love with poor noble Melvyn Douglas (as Nicholas "Nikki" Prax) - while "We Were Dancing," according to Ms. Shearer. Although her societal friends suggest otherwise, Shearer breaks up with rich young Lee Bowman (as Hubert Tyler) and marries Mr. Douglas. Shearer and Douglas try to "live on love" with some difficulty. Also, Mr. Bowman and Douglas' former girlfriend Gail Patrick (as Linda Wayne) won't stay out of the picture.

This was the first Shearer film after an absence of over a year. Some of the roles the actress reportedly turned down were more publicity than actual fact; but, apparently, she could have done "Mrs. Miniver" (1942) instead of this - and one other film role ("Her Cardboard Lover"), before retiring from the screen. Although it can be defended as having some appeal - on paper - "We Were Dancing" was a wrong turn. Shearer's desire to seem younger than her characters is strained to the brink, affecting both her acting and appearance. Shearer's lightened hair looks more gray than blonde.

*** We Were Dancing (4/30/42) Robert Z. Leonard ~ Norma Shearer, Melvyn Douglas, Gail Patrick, Lee Bowman

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