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Roberta (1935)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 8 March 1935 (USA)
An American jazzman and his buddy woo a Russian princess and a fake countess in Paris.


William A. Seiter


Jerome Kern (from the play), Otto A. Harbach (book) | 5 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Irene Dunne ... Stephanie
Fred Astaire ... Huck Haines
Ginger Rogers ... Lizzie Gatz aka Tanka Scharwenka
Randolph Scott ... John Kent
Helen Westley ... Aunt Minnie ak Roberta
Claire Dodd ... Sophie Teale
Victor Varconi ... Prince Ladislaw
Luis Alberni ... Alexander Petrovitch Moscovitch Voyda
Ferdinand Munier ... Lord Henry Delves
Torben Meyer ... Albert
Adrian Rosley Adrian Rosley ... Professor
Bodil Rosing ... Fernande


Football player John Kent tags along as Huck Haines and the Wabash Indianians travel to an engagement in Paris, only to lose it immediately. John and company visit his aunt, owner of a posh fashion house run by her assistant, Stephanie. There they meet the singer Scharwenka (alias Huck's old friend Lizzie), who gets the band a job. Meanwhile, Madame Roberta passes away and leaves the business to John and he goes into partnership with Stephanie. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


JEROME KERN'S marvelous musical romance...surpassing on the screen its mighty stage success! (Print Ad- Union-Recorder, ((Milledgville, Ga.)) 4 April 1935) See more »


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Did You Know?


The elevator scenes were an RKO three tier set, filmed with the camera on the largest camera crane in the world, at the time. See more »


The premiere of Huck & Liz's show at Cafe Russe is advertised as being on Wednesday the 25th. Since a November 1934 magazine was seen earlier in the film, the first Wednesday falling on the 25th following November 1934 was in September 1935. However, several days *after* the premiere, the invitation to Roberta's musical fashion show says it will occur on Tuesday, September 10th, which is consistent with September 1935, but which date is over two weeks past in the film's time line. See more »


John Kent: You don't appreciate her. I know she seems a little hard and sophisticated, but underneath she's a pearl.
Huckleberry Haines: And a pearl so I'm told, is the result of a chronic irritation on an oyster.
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Referenced in Love's Labour's Lost (2000) See more »


(Back Home Again In) Indiana
(1917) (uncredited)
Music by James F. Hanley
Performed by The Wabash Indianians
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User Reviews

14 February 2004 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

I have been lucky enough to have this fashion parade comedy musical film in my life since the mid 70s when New Zealand TV stations sent all their old 16mm prints to Australia for junking. Instead, most of these 500 prints were found be in mint full length condition. As a result they were hired out, and I operated a cinema and ran dozens and dozens of them.

Among this incredible library was ROBERTA which seemed to always be programmed every other month or two. So my first viewing was in a lovely old cinema with a perfect print and a big audience. I have never recovered and never want to. Every time I see ROBERTA I swoon from the sheer beauty of every part of this gorgeous film. 30 years later I can watch it on tape on TV and still get the same overwhelming emotional bliss knowing what it is doing to me. I admire the fashionable production and the team so much because they knew what they were doing to the audience too: presenting a sublime musical confection that is exquisite enough to make the viewer pass out from aching satisfaction. Find it, see it, love it. Have this film in your life and just absorb every second of its absolute perfection.

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Release Date:

8 March 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Roberta See more »


Box Office


$610,000 (estimated)

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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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