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Born to Dance (1936)

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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Taglines:

Your "Broadway Melody" Girl in the Musical Successor to "The Great Ziegfeld" See more »

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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Some cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Charles Lane (Stage manager), Billy Watson (Newsboy) and Fuzzy Knight (Pianist). See more »

Goofs

Gunny Saks is visible on the sub's sail, despite being in the brig, where he is visible in the following scene. See more »

Quotes

"Mush" Tracy: Where will we find the Rear Admiral?
Captain Dingby: In the front office!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in De-Lovely (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Got You Under My Skin
(1936) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Danced by Georges and Jalna
Sung by Virginia Bruce
Played also as background music
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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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