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Roberta (1935)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 8 March 1935 (USA)
In Paris, a man clueless about fashion suddenly inherits his aunt's dress shop, while his bandleader friend reunites with his old flame.

Director:

William A. Seiter

Writers:

Jerome Kern (from the play), Otto A. Harbach (book) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

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 Ferdinand Munier ... Lord Henry Delves
Torben Meyer ... Albert
Adrian Rosley Adrian Rosley ... Professor
Bodil Rosing ... Fernande
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Storyline

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>

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Taglines:

A Heart-Load of Maddening Beauties.. In Gasping Gowns.. A Fortune in Furs.. A Ransom in Jewels.. In a Song-Studded Romance of Paris in Lovetime! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Russian

Release Date:

8 March 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Роберта See more »

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Budget:

$610,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ginger Rogers' accent is an homage to the Polish-born actress Lyda Roberti, who played the role on Broadway. See more »

Goofs

When John Kent arrives in Paris and goes to the building where Roberta lives, the doorman tells him that she is on the "troisième étage " and indicates that John should press the corresponding button. John is eventually taken to Roberta on the third floor, which is incorrect since the "troisième étage " corresponds to the fourth floor. In France, the "premiere étage" (first floor) is not the ground floor but the next one up. See more »

Quotes

John Kent: You speak English beautifully.
Stephanie: Long ago I went to school in England.
John Kent: Did you like it?
Stephanie: Oh, yes. I like the English. And the Americans, too!
John Kent: Gee, that's swell. I'm an American!
Stephanie: Gee, that's swe - , I mean, I thought so.
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Connections

Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #6.8 (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

I Won't Dance
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Jerome Kern
Instrumental reprise
Dance performed by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
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1/2 a Rodgers-Astaire Movie is Better Than Almost Anything Else
6 August 2009 | by Jay RaskinSee all my reviews

It seems really bizarre that after starring in "The Gay Divorcée," Rodgers and Astaire went back to playing supporting roles in this one. Leads Randolph Scott are Irene Dunne are fine, but Rodgers and Astaire are on blazing whenever they're on screen, so Scott and Dunne get pushed into the background.

The story is contrived and theatrical and not a particularly exciting one. However, four great songs and dances lift it into the must see category: "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," "Lovely to Look At," "I Won't Dance," and I'll Be Hard to Handle." Please note that the last three have lyrics by Dorothy Fields. She may have been the greatest lyricist of the 20th century with songs like "Sunnyside of the Street," "A Fine Romance," "I'm in the Mood for Love" and "Big Spender" to her credit.

The movie is a little dated and tedious at an hour and forty minutes, but, at least 30 of those minutes with Ginger and Fred are enchanting.

"Nous Sommes étonné." as Fred says in the movie.


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