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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.




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




Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bea Asher
... Al Green
... David
... Jack
... Helen
Jacquelyn Hyde ... Angie
... Diane
... Louis
Elizabeth Berger ... Jennifer
Natalie Core ... Pauline Krimm
... Singer
Danna Hansen ... Martha
Orrin Tucker ... M.C.
... Johnny
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





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13 February 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Ballkönigin  »

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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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Well remembered performances
13 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

I haven't seen this film in over 20 years and yet I still recall scenes from it quite vividly. The performances by both Stapleton (who I was researching now when I saw this film in a list of her credits) and Durning are both wonderful. The characters seemed very "real"...even more so when the film came out, as back then middle aged+ characters were *very rare* as romantic leads in a movie. And it's also quite touching. I recall crying quite a bit near the end on the 3 occasions I saw this movie on TV years ago. Bravo to Stapleton and Durning for this one!

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