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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 more »

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Nora Paige
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Ted Barker
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Lucy James
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Jenny Saks
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'Gunny' Saks
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'Peppy' Turner
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Captain Dingby
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McKay
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'Mush' Tracy
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Sally Saks
Georges ...
Georges
Jalna ...
Jalna
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Policeman
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Floorwalker
J. Marshall Smith ...
Member of The Foursome
L. Dwight Snyder ...
Member of The Foursome
Jay Johnson ...
Member of The Foursome (as Ray Johnson)
Del Porter ...
Member of The Foursome
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Waitress at Lonely Hearts Club (uncredited)
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Waitress at Lonely Hearts Club (uncredited)
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Hector's Secretary (uncredited)
Charles Bennett ...
Quartet Member (uncredited)
Joseph Bjorndahl ...
Solo Bit in 'Entrance of Lucy James' Number (uncredited)
Anita Brown ...
Anita - Lucy's Maid (uncredited)
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Club Continental Waiter (uncredited)
Zebedy Colt ...
Boy Piano Player (uncredited)
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Girl at Lonely Hearts Club (uncredited)
Jacqueline Daix ...
Chorine (uncredited)
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Chorus Girl (uncredited)
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Chorine (uncredited)
Gay DeLys ...
Chorine (uncredited)
Ernie Feutz ...
Quartet Member (uncredited)
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Ship's Officer (uncredited)
Otto Fries ...
Quartet Member (uncredited)
Sig Frohlich ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Sugar Geise ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Wesley Giraud ...
Newsboy (uncredited)
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Dancer (uncredited)
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Hector the Columnist (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ...
Cameraman (uncredited)
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Lonely Hearts Patron Drinking Soda (uncredited)
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Sailor (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Chorine (uncredited)
Edna Mae Jones ...
Chorine (uncredited)
Jean Joyce ...
Chorine (uncredited)
Leona Keene ...
Acrobat (uncredited)
Naomi Keene ...
Acrobat (uncredited)
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Recruiting Officer (uncredited)
George King ...
Assistant Stage Manager (uncredited)
Ralph Leon ...
Solo Bit in 'Entrance of Lucy James' Number (uncredited)
Helen MacDonald ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Wally Maher ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Joe Mandel ...
Acrobat (uncredited)
William Mandel ...
Acrobat (uncredited)
Douglas McPhail ...
Solo Bit in 'Entrance of Lucy James' Number (uncredited)
Phyllis Moore ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Norman Nielson ...
Solo Bit in 'Entrance of Lucy James' Number (uncredited)
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Spectator at Lonely Hearts Club (uncredited)
Franklin Parker ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Guest at Lonely Hearts Club (uncredited)
Gus Reed ...
Quartet Member (uncredited)
Geraldine Robertson ...
Chorine (uncredited)
Georgia Spence ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
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Sailor (uncredited)
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Model Home Spokesman (uncredited)
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McKay's Telephone Operator (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
Jean Vernon ...
Chorine (uncredited)
Allan Watson ...
Solo Bit in 'Entrance of Lucy James' Number (uncredited)
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Costume Designer and Assistant Stage Manager (uncredited)
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Girl at Lonely Hearts Club (uncredited)
Ginger Wyatt ...
Chorine (uncredited)

Directed by

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Roy Del Ruth

Written by

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Jack McGowan ... (screen play) and
Sid Silvers ... (screen play)
 
Jack McGowan ... (from a story by) &
Sid Silvers ... (from a story by) and
Buddy G. DeSylva ... (from a story by) (as B.G. DeSylva)

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Jack Cummings ... producer

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Ray June ... (photographed by)

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Blanche Sewell ... film editor

Art Direction by

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Cedric Gibbons

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Adrian ... (gowns)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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William J. Scully ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Edwin B. Willis ... associate art director
Joseph C. Wright ... associate art director (as Joseph Wright)

Sound Department

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Douglas Shearer ... recording director
William Steinkamp ... sound (uncredited)

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Eddie Croninworth ... still photographer (uncredited)
George Hommel ... still photographer (uncredited)

Music Department

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Leo Arnaud ... choral arrangements
Roger Edens ... musical arrangements
Alfred Newman ... musical director
Cole Porter ... words and music by
Edward B. Powell ... orchestrator (as Edward Powell)
Merrill Pye ... musical presentation
Delos Jewkes ... singing voice: "Rolling Home" number (uncredited)
Marjorie Lane ... singing voice: Miss Powell (uncredited)

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Dave Gould ... dance ensembles
Harvey S. Haislip ... marine advisor (as Harvey S. Haislip Commander U.S.N. Ret.)
Marilyn Kinsley ... stand-in: Miss Powell (uncredited)
Tom Sale ... stand-in: James Stewart (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines M*G*M's successor to "THE GREAT ZIEGFELD" See more »
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Also Known As
  • L'amiral mène la danse (France)
  • Zum Tanzen geboren (Germany)
  • Nacida para la danza (Spain)
  • L'amiral mène la danse (Belgium, French title)
  • Nacidos para bailar (Venezuela)
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  • 106 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Cole Porter picked James Stewart for the male lead and later said he sang "Easy to Love" as well as any professional singer. A dubbing track was prepared with baritone Jack Owens, but it was decided that Stewart's tenor voice was perfect for the song. In That's Entertainment! (1974), Stewart said, "The song had become a huge hit, even my singing wouldn't hurt it." See more »
Goofs The opening scene is set aboard a submarine entering New York Harbor while submerged at periscope depth. Her skipper would have brought her in while surfaced - the risk of collision in a busy port is substantial. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Grand Central Murder (1942). See more »
Soundtracks Rolling Home See more »
Crazy Credits Opening credits are shown over a female figure tap-dancing on stage. See more »
Quotes Ted Baker: Hello.
Nora Paige: Hello, yourself. What's the thing about?
Ted Baker: Well, boy meets girl.
Nora Paige: Oh, I see. Well, boy loses girl.
Ted Baker: Boy gets girl.
Nora Paige: Not so soon, sailor.
Ted Baker: Oh, now, wait a minute. Hey, look. Listen. Listen. You're not very patriotic.
Nora Paige: But I am. I'm just not uniform-crazy.
Ted Baker: Not even interested?
Nora Paige: Oh, I love watching a parade.
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