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Shall We Dance (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 7 May 1937 (USA)
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A ballet dancer and a showgirl fake a marriage for publicity purposes, then fall in love.

Director:

Mark Sandrich

Writers:

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

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Liquid lyrics by Ira Gershwin! See more »


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Approved | See all certifications »
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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 »

Quotes

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 »


Soundtracks

Rhapsody in Blue
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
In the score when Gershwin's name is displayed during the opening credits
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Music by Gershwin, dancing by Astaire and Rogers, with Edward Everett Horton and Eric Blore in tow
20 December 2000 | by llltdesqSee all my reviews

This film (one of the better ones Astaire and Rogers did) probably doesn't get quite the praise it merits because Top Hat and The Gay Divorcee are so widely praised (rightly so). But this movie is equally well executed and any movie that has in it's score the songs, "Shall We Dance", "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" and especially "They Can't Take That Away" deserves to be warmly remembered. There's a score by Gershwin, dancing by Astaire, Rogers and others and Edard Everett Horton and Eric Blore in support (they appeared in so many of the Astaire-Rogers films that their casting must have been legally required!). Well worth your time. Recommended.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

7 May 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stepping Toes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$991,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,662
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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