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We Were Dancing (1942)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  18 September 1942 (Mexico)
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Two titled aristocrats support themselves by being professional house guests in the homes of star-struck American nouveau riche.

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Victoria Anastasia 'Vicki' Wilomirska
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Nicholas Eugen August Wolfgang 'Nikki' Prax, aka Mr. Manescu
Gail Patrick ...
Linda Wayne
Lee Bowman ...
Hubert Tyler
Marjorie Main ...
Judge Sidney Hawkes
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Major Berty Tyler-Blane
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Grand Duke Basil
Florence Bates ...
Mrs. Elsa Vanderlip
Heather Thatcher ...
Mrs. Tyler-Blane
Connie Gilchrist ...
Olive Ransome
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Mrs. Janet Bentley
Florence Shirley ...
Mrs. Charteris
Russell Hicks ...
Mr. Bryce-Carew
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Mrs. Bryce-Carew
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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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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 Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence, running for a total of 118 performances for all three shows. There were 2 Broadway revivals. See more »

Quotes

Victoria Anastasia 'Vicki' Wilomirska: Are you old friends?
Linda Wayne: Yes, very old friends. I missed him so much on my trip I decided to come back and marry him.
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We Were Dancing
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I can't believe Noel Coward wrote this
18 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film, "We Were Dancing" from 1942 is a combination of two Noel Coward plays, and neither one was his best work.

The film stars Norma Shearer and Melvin Douglas, with a good supporting cast including Gail Patrick, Lee Bowman, Alan Mowbray, Connie Gilchrist, Norma Varden, Reginald Owen, and Marjorie Main.

Norma Shearer, with a blondish wig, plays Princess Victoria 'Vicki' Wilomirska who, when she gets excited, spouts outrageous Polish. At her engagement party (she is to marry the Lee Bowman character), she dances with Baron Nicholas Prax (Douglas) and they fall in love immediately. She breaks her engagement and marries the Baron.

The profession of these two is that of houseguests. They wander from place to place staying in the homes of socially ambitious people, usually Americans, who like the pedigree.

It's the usual break up to make up scenario.

Norma's big problem was that she couldn't get out of the '30s, and without her husband around, she couldn't choose films either. She obviously was concerned about her age and unfortunately, she had a right to - at 40, she was about 10 years past the age where most leading ladies in those days actually were leading ladies and not character actors. It's a shame, because she would have done so well in other films more appropriate for her.

This film has the same problem as "Her Cardboard Lover" - it came out at the wrong time, when this type of film had come and gone, and people were looking to more serious films or films that put the war into the story: "Mrs. Miniver," "The More the Merrier," "A Yank in the RAF," etc.

Norma Shearer was a hard-working, dedicated actress, but her ego got in the way of her final film choices. If only she had stopped with the wonderful "Escape" -- but she didn't.


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