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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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Complete credited cast:
... Petrov
... Linda Keene
... Jeffrey Baird
... Cecil Flintridge
... Arthur Miller
... Lady Tarrington
William Brisbane ... Jim Montgomery
... Matron
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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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Stepping Toes  »

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$991,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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Goofs

At the launch of the air mail plane from the ship, we hear the plane engine idling. The engine would be at full power. See more »

Quotes

Linda Keene: What are the grounds for divorce in this state?
Clerk: Marriage.
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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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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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Music by Gershwin, dancing by Astaire and Rogers, with Edward Everett Horton and Eric Blore in tow
20 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

This film (one of the better ones Astaire and Rogers did) probably doesn't get quite the praise it merits because Top Hat and The Gay Divorcee are so widely praised (rightly so). But this movie is equally well executed and any movie that has in it's score the songs, "Shall We Dance", "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" and especially "They Can't Take That Away" deserves to be warmly remembered. There's a score by Gershwin, dancing by Astaire, Rogers and others and Edard Everett Horton and Eric Blore in support (they appeared in so many of the Astaire-Rogers films that their casting must have been legally required!). Well worth your time. Recommended.


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