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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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Peter P. Peters aka Petrov
Linda Keene
Jeffrey Baird
Cecil Flintridge
Arthur Miller
Lady Tarrington
Jim Montgomery
Shipboard Gossip Matron
Harriet Hoctor - Dancer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norman Ainsley ...
Ship's Bartender (uncredited)
Evans - a Bandleader (uncredited)
Sherwood Bailey ...
Newsboy (uncredited)
Ship's Officer (uncredited)
Johnson - the Locksmith (uncredited)
First Steward (uncredited)
William Burress ...
New Jersey Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
Central Park Policeman (uncredited)
Monte Collins ...
Usher-Messenger (uncredited)
Show Producer (uncredited)
Engine Room Singer (uncredited)
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Steward (uncredited)
Helena Grant ...
Passenger Starting Gossip (uncredited)
Ship's Bartender (uncredited)
Man on Stairs with Blonde (uncredited)
Jane Hamilton ...
Woman (uncredited)
Sam Harris ...
Passenger Walking Dog (uncredited)
Sam Hayes ...
Dispatcher (uncredited)
Fire Drill Steward (uncredited)
Tiny Jones ...
Flower Woman (uncredited)
Lew Kelly ...
Policeman at Jail (uncredited)
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Room Steward (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Marie Marks ...
Woman (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ...
Doorman (uncredited)
Show Producer (uncredited)
Process Server (uncredited)
Henry Mowbray ...
Radio Officer (uncredited)
Room Service Waiter (uncredited)
Vesey O'Davoren ...
Ship's Bartender (uncredited)
Jack Rice ...
Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Elevator Operator (uncredited)
George Savidan ...
Errand Boy (uncredited)
Ballet Master (uncredited)
Dancer and Singer (uncredited)
Spencer Teakle ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Pete Theodore ...
Linda's Dancing Partner (uncredited)
Mr. Russell - Attorney (uncredited)
Marek Windheim ...
Ballet Master (uncredited)
Sam Wren ...
Charlie (uncredited)
Emma Young ...
Tai (uncredited)

Directed by

Mark Sandrich

Written by

Allan Scott ... (screen play) and
Ernest Pagano ... (screen play)
P.J. Wolfson ... (adaptation)
Lee Loeb ... (based on a story by) and
Harold Buchman ... (based on a story by)
Anne Morrison Chapin ... (contributor to treatment) (uncredited)
James Gow ... (contributor to screenplay construction) (uncredited)
Edmund H. North ... (contributor to screenplay construction) (uncredited)

Produced by

Pandro S. Berman ... producer

Cinematography by

David Abel ... (photographed by)

Film Editing by

William Hamilton

Art Direction by

Van Nest Polglase

Makeup Department

Mel Berns ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

J.R. Crone ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

W. Argyle Nelson ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

Carroll Clark ... associate art director
Darrell Silvera ... set dresser

Sound Department

Hugh McDowell Jr. ... sound recordist

Special Effects by

Vernon L. Walker ... special effects (as Vernon Walker)
Katherine Stubergh ... character masks (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Willard Barth ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Joseph F. Biroc ... camera operator (uncredited)
J. Roy Hunt ... camera operator (uncredited)
John Miehle ... still photographer (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser ... assistant camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Irene ... gowns: Miss Rogers
Edith Clark ... wardrobe attendant (uncredited)

Music Department

George Gershwin ... music by
Ira Gershwin ... lyrics by
Nathaniel Shilkret ... musical director
Robert Russell Bennett ... music arranger (uncredited)
Hal Borne ... musician: rehearsal pianist (uncredited)
Fud Livingston ... music arranger (uncredited)

Other crew

Harry Losee ... ballet stager
Hermes Pan ... ballet stager
Harry Cornbleth ... stand-in: Fred Astaire (uncredited)
Eddie Hall ... stand-in: Edward Everett Horton (uncredited)
John Huettner ... stand-in: Edward Everett Horton (uncredited)
Marie Osborne ... stand-in: Ginger Rogers (uncredited)
Paul Rochin ... stand-in (uncredited)
Harry Timms ... stand-in (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Stepping Toes (United States)
  • Watch Your Step (United States)
  • L'entreprenant Mr Petrov (France)
  • Tanz mit mir (Germany)
  • Ritme boig (Spain, Catalan title)
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  • 109 min
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Budget $991,000 (estimated)

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Trivia At the end of the roller skate dance number in the park the stars flop onto the "lawn". In the film both Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers appear uncomfortable as they get up. This is because both were bruised from more than fifteen earlier takes and were actually in pain. See more »
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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Hollywood: The Great Stars (1963). See more »
Soundtracks Slap That Bass See more »
Crazy Credits When George Gershwin's name appears in the credits, a bit of "Rhapsody in Blue" plays on the soundtrack. See more »
Quotes Jeffrey Baird: [picks up phone] Hello?
Cecil Flintridge: Oh, hello, Jeffrey. Yes, are you there?
Jeffrey Baird: Of course I'm here.
Cecil Flintridge: Now don't shout at me - I'm in jail.
Jeffrey Baird: Well, that's all right; we don't need you.
Cecil Flintridge: I'm in jail for battery, and I want you to get me out. I'm at the Susquehannah Street Jail . . . Susquehannah! Susquehannah - S-U-S-Q-U-Q! Q! You know, the thing you play billiards with . . . Billiards! B-I-L-L-
Policeman at Jail: What is this, a spelling bee?
Cecil Flintridge: Ahem. No, "L" for larynx. L-A-R-Y . . . N-No, not "M", N! . . . "N" as in neighbor! Neighbor, N-E-I-G-H-B--B! B! Bzzz. Bzzz. You know, the stinging insect! Insect! I-N-S-S! S, for symbol. S-Y . . . Y! Y!
Jeffrey Baird: Well, why? Don't ask me "why."
Cecil Flintridge: Look, Jeffrey. I'm in jail. W-wait a minute. What jail did you say this was?
Policeman at Jail: Susquehannah Street Jail.
Cecil Flintridge: Thank you, indeed. Thank you very much. I'm in the Substi--The Subset-Jeffrey, listen closely . . . Do you know where the Oak Street Jail is? You do? Fine. I'll have them transfer me there in the morning!
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