A ballet dancer and a showgirl fake a marriage for publicity purposes, then fall in love.


Mark Sandrich


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





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


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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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 »


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 »


Peter P. Peters: I told you, I haven't even met her. But I'd kinda like to marry her... I think I will.
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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 »


Referenced in Gilmore Girls: Love and War and Snow (2000) See more »


Slap That Bass
(1937) (uncredited)
Words by Ira Gershwin
Music by George Gershwin
Sung and danced by Fred Astaire and Ensemble in engine room
Sung also by Dudley Dickerson
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a frivolous farce? of course. Irresistible? Undoubtedly!!
26 July 1999 | by atishmSee all my reviews

Why did I have to watch this 5 times in the last 2 weeks?

Well, I can't explain. I guess because this is one of those rare cases where a movie becomes a masterpiece in spite of a (intentionally!) loose storyline; the strength of the choreography, melodies, and the pure delight of dance sequences gives it all. There's Fred Astaire, there's Ginger Rogers, and there's the Fred-Ginger duo - 3 (sic.) distinct personalities! I have watched scores of musicals - but never have I been so bewitched by duet dance sequences unaccompanied by any of the garish excesses characteristic of the Hollywood musical.

Just think of the number " Let's call the whole Thing Off"; what grace, what poise of the couple tap-dancing on roller skates! And oh, what wondrous blend of lyrics and melody. And closely follows another number that, in all it's apparent lightness, provides a counterpoint that makes one misty eyed.

About the solo dance sequences of Fred - the one in the ship's boiler room, the brilliant choreography of his tapdancing with the "pistons" moving in phase, well - it's superhuman!

I shouldn't miss mentioning Edward Everett Horton ("Jeffrey", "Petrov"'s impresserio) - for his misadventures hold the struggling storyline of movie on, just as it was probably meant to be. Eric Blore ("Cecil", the floor manager of the hotel) does his inimitable role as in many other Fred-Ginger musicals; rarely have I seen anything more hilarious than the telephone conversation between Cecil (from jail!!) and Jeffrey.

It's unalloyed and delightful entertainment for those who love musicals. Just forget the world and enter into a dreamland for 108 minutes!

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English | French

Release Date:

7 May 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stepping Toes See more »


Box Office


$991,000 (estimated)

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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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