Dancing great Bill 'Williamson' sees his face on the cover of Theatre World magazine and reminisces: just back from World War I, he meets lovely singer Selina Rogers at a soldiers' ball and promises to come back to her when he "gets to be somebody." Years go by, and Bill and Selina's rising careers intersect only briefly, since Selina is unwilling to "settle down." Will she ever change her mind? Concludes with a big all-star show hosted by Cab Calloway.
Rod Crawford <email@example.com>
17 November 1943 (Sweden)
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Also Known As:
Der Tänzer auf den Stufen
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(Western Electric Recording)
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?
Final film of Fats Waller
. On December 15, 1943, less than five months after the film's July 21 opening in Manhattan, Waller, age 39, died of pneumonia on a train stopped at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri. Having fallen ill during an engagement at the Zanzibar Room in Hollywood, he had boarded the Santa Fe Chief in Los Angeles and was headed for New York City. See more
The first time Selena says "Bill Williamson" (in the first scene, before her character has met him) her mouth quite clearly says "Bill Robinson. Bill Robinson
played Bill Williamson. See more
Clem never told me you could sing like that, Selina.
I couldn't when Clem went away... but I practiced, and I studied. I've always been ambitious. Haven't you, Bill?
Never have been, except to get three square meals a day, regular. But I'm beginning to see things different now.
Written by Alvis Cowens
Performed by Bill Robinson
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