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

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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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(Western Electric Sound System)

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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 Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence, running for a total of 118 performances for all three shows. There were 2 Broadway revivals. See more »


Victoria Anastasia 'Vicki' Wilomirska: Are you old friends?
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Referenced in We Must Have Music (1942) See more »


The Wedding March
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Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Cute but minor
17 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a pleasant little comedy but a minor work coming as it does from Noel Coward. Perhaps his name on the script was part of Norma's decision to participate in this instead of the other films offered that she rejected to do this one. It certainly has an estimable cast: Melvyn Douglas an expert as this sort of fluffy comedy, Gail Patrick and Lee Bowman both able performers and a handful, Connie Gilchrist, Marjorie Main, Norma Varden, Alan Mowbray, Florence Bates etc., of the best character actors MGM had under contract. The main problem with this and perhaps part of the reason it tanked on initial release is that even all dressed up in fancy 40's fashions this is a relic of the sort of drawing room confections that were popular a decade earlier and had fallen out of favor by the war years. Unfortunately without Irving Thalberg's strong guiding hand to pick the right properties for her Norma's script sense failed her. She had done well with her previous film "Escape" but would blunder again with her follow up to this her last film "Her Cardboard Lover". Still taken as is without all the back story an enjoyable trifle but unmemorable.

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