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Queen of the Stardust Ballroom (1975)

A lonely widow and a postman find romance late in life at the local dance hall.


Sam O'Steen


Jerome Kass

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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Maureen Stapleton ... Bea Asher
Charles Durning ... Al Green
Michael Brandon ... David
Michael Strong ... Jack
Charlotte Rae ... Helen
Jacquelyn Hyde Jacquelyn Hyde ... Angie
Beverly Sanders ... Diane
Alan Fudge ... Louis
Elizabeth Berger Elizabeth Berger ... Jennifer
Natalie Core Natalie Core ... Pauline Krimm
Martha Tilton ... Singer
Danna Hansen Danna Hansen ... Martha
Orrin Tucker Orrin Tucker ... M.C.
Lewis Charles ... Johnny
Ruth Warshawsky Ruth Warshawsky ... Shirley


A middle-aged woman finds herself simply a widow, a grandmother and a person when a friend takes her to the Stardust Ballroom, a dance hall which recreates the music and atmosphere of the 1940s. There she encounters a most unlikely Prince Charming, a middle-aged mailman. With this encounter, life takes on a new meaning for the film's heroine. Written by alfiehitchie

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Romance | Drama







Release Date:

13 February 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Ballkönigin See more »

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Tomorrow Entertainment See more »
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Did You Know?


This TV-movie was the basis for a short-lived 1979 Broadway musical called "Ballroom," which starred Dorothy Loudon and Vincent Gardenia with mostly new songs by composer Billy Goldenberg (though the main theme and "I Love to Dance," with some new lyrics, as well as some tango music, remain.) See more »


I Love To Dance
Music by Billy Goldenberg
Lyrics by Marilyn Bergman and Alan Bergman
Performed by Charles Durning and Maureen Stapleton
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26 December 2015 | by dgranataSee all my reviews

This was my grandmother's favorite movie and when she passed away two years ago, I was determined to find it and watch it. I was able to locate a copy and overall was very happy to have found it. One thing that was a bit disappointing is that Bea Arthur sings the song 50% on her one woman show CD and speaks of the movie (another reason I wanted to see it), my copy did not contain the song. I can very easily understand why this was one my grandmother's favorite movies, and I have watched it on her birthday the past two years. Both Maureen Stapleton and Charles Durning were fantastic as elderly, single love interests and for a TV movie made in the 1970's it was pretty darn good!

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