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Lady, Let's Dance! (1944)

 -  Musical | Romance | War  -  11 April 1944 (USA)
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Lady, Let's Dance was a 1944 black and white film directed by Frank Woodruff that was nominated for two Oscars. Produced by Monogram Studios, the film is unique as an ice skating musical. ... See full summary »

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Lady, Let's Dance was a 1944 black and white film directed by Frank Woodruff that was nominated for two Oscars. Produced by Monogram Studios, the film is unique as an ice skating musical. Lady, Let's Dance starred ice skaters Belita, James Ellison, Werner Groebli and Hans Mauch (more commonly known as 'Frick & Frack') and Walter Catlett. Also cast was ice skating artist Mrytle Godfrey. The Oscar nominated score included: "Golden Dreams", "Silver Shadows", "In the Days of Beau Brummel", "Ten Million Men and a Girl", "Dream of Dreams", "Rio", "Happy Hearts", "Esperanza", and the title song "Lady, Let's Dance". Ms. Godfrey sported the same green bonnet with ostrich plume worn by Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind. Written by ijd

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Mediocre grade C romance of dancing hopeful.

Monogram was the lowest of the lowly studios, a rung below Republic, and they turned out barely acceptable films more reminiscent of early talkies or early television in their low budget sets and entry-grade cinematography and editing techniques. This is one of those low budget nothings - the plot is hackneyed in the extreme. War refugee Belita, who just happens to be adept at every sort of dancing you can name, is a waitress who is selected by our leading man to turn into a dancer when his show's prima donna walks out. Well, he makes her a star but they are separated through a misunderstanding when a letter gone astray makes him think she has forgotten him. He enlists and she finds him in the end in a wheelchair as they reconcile. Along the way we see her do fancy ballroom specialty dancing, ballet and finally ice dancing. She is okay but nothing special. It was the third of her ten films (she plays under her own name here) and she never seems to have made much of an impression on audiences. The film also features comedy ice skating team, Frick and Frack. It garnered two Oscar noms, one for a forgettable song (Silver Shadows, Golden Dreams) and one quite deserving nom for Scoring. Four orchestras are featured to provide music for the production numbers and background scoring (those led by Mitchell Ayres, Lou Bring, Henry Busse and Eddie Le Baron) and the result is quite worthy of praise in both its variety and its complexity - there is even a dance number synthesis of themes from Beethoven's Symphony #5). Numbers: Water Waltz; Esperanza; Green Eyes; Snow Queen Ballet; Days of Beau Brummel; Lady Let's Dance; Silver Shadows, Golden Dreams; Spirit of Victory. This is very very mediocre stuff as film and definitely not worth seeking out unless you're a fan of ice dancing.


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