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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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Cast

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

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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Playmates Of Millionaires, But They Don't Have A Dime To Dance On! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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18 September 1942 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

A Valsa Irresistível  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Many cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names, if any): Philip Ahn (Chinaman), Meeka Aldrich (Housemaid), Richard Alexander (Moving man), Polly Bailey (Flower woman), Alex Callam (Clerk), Bill Fisher (Train conductor), Dennis Hoey (Prince Wilomirsky), Esther Michelson (Headwaiter's wife), Harold Minjir (Beverly), Alan Napier (Captain Blackstone), Lionel Pape (Englishman), John Piffle (Dutchman), Paul Porcasi (Manager of Duquense), George Reed (Butler at Blane's house), Sig Ruman (Baron Prax), Tim Ryan, Charles Sullivan (Train announcer), Jacques Vanaire (Beverly's assistant) and 'Ian Wolfe'. Also, Ava Gardner supposedly made her motion picture debut in this film in a crowd scene, but she is not identifiable. See more »

Quotes

Nicholas Eugen August Wolfgang 'Nikki' Prax, aka Mr. Manescu: Well, let's admit that the defendant's not a very solid sort of fellow. But, has he no redeeming qualities? Haven't you laughed with him because he was gay? Forgiven him because he knew his weaknesses? Regretted him because he loved you with a passion?
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We Were Dancing
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Music by Noël Coward
The waltz theme heard throughout the film
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Norma Glorious... Don't Miss This !
15 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For all the new scholarship about this neglected actress, people still need to see her in action. Yes-- let's accept the fact that, by 1942, Norma Shearer was past caring about a career in the movies, and let's take this romp for what it is: fun, vibrant, and a showcase for Norma. Her penultimate film brings out her exquisite comic timing, and her bursts of Polish round out the very amusing character of Vicky. Realize that Norma is winking at the camera and her public all through this film, asking only that we accept it on its terms: a fun exercise to help finish out her career (though there is evidence that she, in retrospect, didn't care much for it).


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