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We Were Dancing (1942)

Passed  -  Comedy | Romance  -  8 February 1943 (Sweden)
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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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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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Comedy | Romance

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8 February 1943 (Sweden)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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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

Hubert Tyler: You're not to blame. Women should be sheltered, Vicki.
Victoria Anastasia 'Vicki' Wilomirska: After all, what can you expect of us? We were brought up to be merely socially attractive. We have no ambition and no talent except for playing games and not enough of that.
Hubert Tyler: If you'd kept your word to me, Vicki, you wouldn't have to invent your assets.
Victoria Anastasia 'Vicki' Wilomirska: I have nothing to regret you with. I chose my life, and I like it.
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Version of Tonight at 8:30 (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Whistled by Melvyn Douglas
Played also as part of the score
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Norma Shearer has a Bad Dye
10 November 2010 | by (Earth) – 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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