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Queen of the Stardust Ballroom (1975)

A lonely widow and a postman find romance late in life at the local dance hall.

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Bea Asher
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Al Green
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Martha
Orrin Tucker ...
M.C.
Lewis Charles ...
Johnny
Ruth Warshawsky ...
Shirley
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A middle-aged woman finds herself simply a widow, a grandmother and a person when a friend takes her to the Stardust Ballroom, a dance hall which recreates the music and atmosphere of the 1940s. There she encounters a most unlikely Prince Charming, a middle-aged mailman. With this encounter, life takes on a new meaning for the film's heroine. Written by alfiehitchie

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13 February 1975 (USA)  »

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This TV-movie was the basis for a short-lived 1979 Broadway musical called "Ballroom," which starred Dorothy Loudon and Vincent Gardenia with mostly new songs by composer Billy Goldenberg (though the main theme and "I Love to Dance," with some new lyrics, as well as some tango music, remain.) See more »

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I Love To Dance
Music by Billy Goldenberg
Lyrics by Marilyn Bergman and Alan Bergman
Performed by Charles Durning and Maureen Stapleton
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Four Stars for this Queen
8 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

True to life. Durning and Stapleton, the chemistry is perfect. Durning and Stapleton are phenomenal. A story for our times. Such comments are more than adequate for this fine story.

Bea Asher is widowed at middle age. She sings of her loneliness and the deprivation brought about by her husband's passing.Bea is about to settle down to a grim widowhood, when a waitress, in a restaurant, tells her that you start living once your husband has died.

Though this statement is shocking, Bea goes with the woman to the Stardust Ballroom, a carefree lounge where couples dance to their pleasure. While there, Bea meets postman Al Green and the two are a match made up in heaven. Bea dances up a storm, changes that gray hair to bright red and becomes a live-wire not quite almost as Stapleton depicted in Woody Allen's "Interiors." Life has more meaning now, despite the anger conveyed by her pristine daughter and sister, Helen, shown in a memorable scene by Charlotte Rae.

The ending may be considered a downer but the author really had nowhere else to go. Available on DVD, see this film. It will warm your heart and get those shoes out for some fine dancing!


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