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Born to Dance (1936)

Passed | | Musical, Comedy | 27 November 1936 (USA)
Sailor Ted meets at the Lonely Hearts Club of his friend Gunny's wife, Jenny, a girl, Nora Paige, and falls in love. Nora wants to become a dancer on Broadway. Ted rescues the Pekinese of ... See full summary »

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writers:

Jack McGowan (screen play), Sid Silvers (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eleanor Powell ... Nora Paige
James Stewart ... Ted Barker
Virginia Bruce ... Lucy James
Una Merkel ... Jenny Saks
Sid Silvers ... 'Gunny' Saks
Frances Langford ... 'Peppy' Turner
Raymond Walburn ... Captain Dingby
Alan Dinehart ... McKay
Buddy Ebsen ... 'Mush' Tracy
Juanita Quigley ... Sally Saks
Georges Georges ... Georges
Jalna Jalna ... Jalna
Reginald Gardiner ... Policeman
Barnett Parker ... Floorwalker
J. Marshall Smith J. Marshall Smith ... Member of The Foursome
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Storyline

Sailor Ted meets at the Lonely Hearts Club of his friend Gunny's wife, Jenny, a girl, Nora Paige, and falls in love. Nora wants to become a dancer on Broadway. Ted rescues the Pekinese of Lucy James, a Broadway star during a public relations campaign on his submarine. Lucy falls in love with Ted, and Ted is ordered by his Captain to meet her in a night club, in spite of the fact that he has a date with Nora. Nora, who lives with Jenny and her and Gunny's daughter, doesn't want to hear anything from Ted, after she spotted a picture of Ted and Lucy in the morning paper. Lucy convinces her manager Dinehart to stop the press campaign and tells him that she would leave the production, if another photo or article of her and Ted is published. Nora has become her understudy, and she begins to think her behaviour to Ted over. Suddenly she is fired after Dinehart told her to dance a number Lucy James called undanceable. But when Ted is told the whole story, he knows what to do. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Genres:

Musical | Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'amiral mène la danse See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$941,774
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Allan Jones and George Murphy were considered for Ted Barker, but the role went to James Stewart. See more »

Goofs

As Lucy James (Virginia Bruce) finishes singing "I've Got You Under My Skin," she has a lit cigarette in her right hand as she reclines on the settee. The camera angle changes, but now the cigarette has suddenly changed to a glass of champagne. See more »

Quotes

Ship's Officer: Not granted.
Gunny Saks: Oh, but I got to get ashore. I want to see my wife.
Ship's Officer: Your wife?
Gunny Saks: Yeah, I haven't seen her for four years.
Ship's Officer: Who'd marry you?
Gunny Saks: A minister.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over a female figure tap-dancing on stage. See more »

Connections

Referenced in M-G-M Jubilee Overture (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Swingin' the Jinx Away
(1936) (uncredited)
(Also called "Swinging the Jinx Away")
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Played during the opening credits
Sung by Frances Langford, Buddy Ebsen, The Foursome and male chorus
Danced by Buddy Ebsen and Eleanor Powell
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Cornball Fun With Jimmy, Eleanor, Una, Sid& Buddy
5 April 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This is one of the all-time corny movies ever made, especially since it features Jimmy Stewart singing. How often have you seen/heard that? Actually, the "corn" is the fun of this film, and I enjoyed watching this more the second time knowing it was going to be so corny. Some of the lines in here are legitimately funny, particularly by cute Una Merkel, who could zing 'em with the best. She was fun, as was her husband in here, "Gunny Sacks," played by Sid Silvers. Those two, plus Buddy Ebsen and Eleanor Powell make for a likable cast. Both Powell and Ebsen were great dancers, too, with Powell, of course, being the more famous. This is just a nice, old- fashioned film, probably more for older folks, but who knows?


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