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Shall We Dance (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 7 May 1937 (USA)
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A budding romance between a ballet master and a tap dancer becomes complicated when rumors surface that they're already married.

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Mark Sandrich

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Allan Scott (screen play), Ernest Pagano (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred Astaire ... Petrov
Ginger Rogers ... Linda Keene
Edward Everett Horton ... Jeffrey Baird
Eric Blore ... Cecil Flintridge
Jerome Cowan ... Arthur Miller
Ketti Gallian ... Lady Tarrington
William Brisbane William Brisbane ... Jim Montgomery
Ann Shoemaker ... Matron
Harriet Hoctor
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Storyline

Ballet star Pete "Petrov" Peters arranges to cross the Atlantic aboard the same ship as the dancer he's fallen for but barely knows, musical star Linda Keene. By the time the ocean liner reaches New York, a little white lie has churned through the rumor mill and turned into a hot gossip item: that the two celebrities are secretly married. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

7 May 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stepping Toes See more »

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Budget:

$991,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Pat Flaherty as Park Policeman and J.M. Kerrigan are in studio records/casting call lists for this movie, but they did not appear or were not identifiable. See more »

Goofs

At one part, Petrov is standing in front of a full-length mirror talking to Jeffrey. The reflection in the mirror doesn't match the actor's (or stand-in) playing Petrov's movements. See more »

Quotes

Jeffrey Baird: [after finding Peter tap-dancing] What were you doing?
Peter P. Peters: Oh, just having fun.
Jeffrey Baird: The great Petrov doesn't dance for fun!
Peter P. Peters: Maybe not, but I do. Pete Peters, remember me?
Jeffrey Baird: Oh, that awful name of yours!
Peter P. Peters: I dunno, I kinda like it! Peter P. Peters, Philadelphia, PA.
[Does short dance step]
Jeffrey Baird: How do you make that exasperating noise? What have you got on those shoes?
Peter P. Peters: Taps.
Jeffrey Baird: Taps! On your ballet shoes!
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Crazy Credits

When George Gershwin's name appears in the credits, a bit of "Rhapsody in Blue" plays on the soundtrack. See more »

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Referenced in Edgemont: Shall We Dance (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

They Can't Take That Away from Me
(1937) (uncredited)
Words by Ira Gershwin
Music by George Gershwin
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
Sung by Fred Astaire
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Classic Astaire and Rogers
8 August 2005 | by Stanley StrangeloveSee all my reviews

Astaire plays ballet star Pete "Petrov" Peters who falls for Rogers (Linda Keene).He arranges to cross the Atlantic aboard the same ship as Rogers and along the way he sings and dances and they dance together. Edward Everett Horton plays his manager and provides the comic relief. But who cares about the plot. We watch these movies for the songs and dancing and they are good. A highlight is Astaire's solo number in the steam room of the ship as he dances in time to the ship's pistons. There are some classic George Gershwin songs in this one: "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off" and "They Can't Take That Away From Me".

This is the 7th pairing of Astaire and Rogers. You can also see Astaire and Rogers in these films: Shall We Dance (1937) Swing Time (1936) Follow the Fleet (1936) Top Hat (1935) Roberta (1935) The Gay Divorcée (1934) Flying Down to Rio (1933)


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