Shall We Dance?

Shall We Dance?

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Director: Mark Sandrich

Cast: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton

     
 

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The seventh of RKO's Fred Astaire--Ginger Rogers musicals, Shall We Dance casts Astaire as a world-renowned ballet dancer and Rogers as a musical comedy headliner. Rogers' manager Jerome Cowan concocts a phony romance between his client and Astaire in order to garner publicity for them both. Eventually, of course, the twosome falls in love for real, but notSee more details below

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Overview

The seventh of RKO's Fred Astaire--Ginger Rogers musicals, Shall We Dance casts Astaire as a world-renowned ballet dancer and Rogers as a musical comedy headliner. Rogers' manager Jerome Cowan concocts a phony romance between his client and Astaire in order to garner publicity for them both. Eventually, of course, the twosome falls in love for real, but not before a cornucopia of confusion, complications and misunderstandings. Highlights include a number performed on roller skates and Astaire's dance solo in the art-deco boiler room of an ocean liner. The George and Ira Gershwin score (their last for Astaire and Rogers) includes "Slap That Bass," "Beginner's Luck," "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," "They All Laughed," "They Can't Take That Away From Me," and the title number. Shall We Dance was slated as the last of the Fred-and-Ginger romps, but within a year they were together again in Carefree.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
In the 1930s, many Hollywood musicals revolved around the "Should I sing it sweet or sassy?" question -- meaning that the plot had to do with legit singing vs. pop vocalizing. Shall We Dance is the same conflict, but involving dance (ballet vs. hoofing) rather than singing. As usual, it's little more than a pre-text for keeping Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers from their inevitable pairing. The movie has many of the characteristics associated with the duo's films, including irritation-at-first-sight, mistaken identities, and Edward Everett Horton and Eric Blore -- so much so that the non-musical portions feel a little mechanical. (When Rogers abruptly joins Astaire at the end, it seems almost perfunctory.) But it also has a fabulous George and Ira Gershwin score and some amazing dance numbers. "Slap That Bass" is set in an unbelievable art deco engine room and uses the machinery for some of Astaire's most inventive footwork. The finale, involving Astaire dancing with dozens of chorus girls in Rogers masks, is a trifle bizarre but undeniably fascinating. "They All Laughed" and the oft-quoted "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" give the pair a chance to strut their stuff to very good effect, and Astaire gets to work his magic on "They Can't Take That Away from Me." As always, the chemistry between the stars is unbeatable, and their ease in the musical numbers belies how difficult it all is. The seventh of the Astaire-Rogers films, it's not one of the strongest entries but even their second-level efforts have plenty to recommend them.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/16/2005
UPC:
0053939725520
Original Release:
1937
Rating:
NR
Source:
Turner Home Ent
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:49:00
Sales rank:
10,432

Special Features

Commentary by songwriter Hugh Martin and pianist Kevin Cole; New featurette The Music of Shall We Dance; Musical short Sheik to Sheik; Classic cartoon Toy Town Hall; Subtitles:English, Français & Español (feature film only).

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fred Astaire Petrov (Peter P. Peters)
Ginger Rogers Linda Keene
Edward Everett Horton Jeffrey Baird
Eric Blore Cecil Flintridge
Jerome Cowan Arthur Miller--Linda's Manager
Ketti Gallian Lady Denise Tarrington
William Brisbane Jim Montgomery
Ann Shoemaker Mrs. Fitzgerald
Harriet Hoctor Harriet Hoctor
Norman Ainsley Actor
Jean de Briac Actor
Pauline Garon Actor
Charles Irwin Actor
Alphonse Martell Actor
Torben Meyer Actor
Mantan Moreland Actor
Vesey O'Davoren Actor
Matty Roubert Actor
Spencer Teakle Actor
Ben Alexander Rooftop Bandleader
Emma Young Tai--Linda's Maid
Sherwood Bailey Newsboy
Pete Theodore Linda's Dancing Partner
Marek Windheim Ballet Master
Rolfe Sedan Ballet Master
George Magrill Room Steward
Charles Coleman Policeman in Park
Frank Moran Process Server
Sam Wren Charlie
Leonard Mudie Ship's Waiter
Helena Grant Ship Passenger
William Burress Justice of the Peace
J.M. Kerrigan Actor
Sam Hayes Dispatcher
Harry Bowen Locksmith
Dudley Dickerson Singer
Douglas Gordon Steward
Tiny Jones Flower Woman
Henry Mowbray Radio Officer
Jack Rice Desk Clerk
Richard Tucker Attorney

Technical Credits
Mark Sandrich Director
Dave Abel Cinematographer
Pandro S. Berman Producer
Harold Buchman Original Story
Mel Burns Makeup
Carroll Clark Art Director
George Gershwin Score Composer
Ira Gershwin Songwriter
Willaim Hamilton Editor
Irene Costumes/Costume Designer
Lee Loeb Original Story
Harry Losee Choreography
Argyle Nelson Asst. Director
Ernest Pagano Screenwriter
Hermes Pan Choreography
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Allan Scott Screenwriter
Nathaniel Shilkret Musical Direction/Supervision
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Vernon Walker Special Effects
P.J. Wolfson Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Shall We Dance
1. Credits [1:38]
2. The Loves of Petrov [4:57]
3. Too Many Asmirers [3:38]
4. Petrov With a Twist [2:20]
5. Stuck on His Idea [2:31]
6. American Boy's Game [3:09]
7. Slap That Bass [5:46]
8. Getting Choppy [4:35]
9. Walking the Dog [3:25]
10. Saving a Trip [1:59]
11. Walking the Dog Reprise [1:36]
12. Beginners Luck [1:37]
13. Rumor Has It [3:59]
14. Abandon Ship [4:04]
15. Neighbors [4:39]
16. Farewell Dinner [2:48]
17. They All Laughed (Song) [2:03]
18. They All Laughed (Dance) [4:35]
19. Shots in the Dark [2:37]
20. Management's Compliments [2:48]
21. How About Those Pictures? [3:55]
22. Let's Call the Whole Thing Off [6:01]
23. Grounds for Divorce [2:39]
24. Lady Denise Arrives [1:53]
25. They Can't Take That Away From Me [3:41]
26. Key to Happiness [3:28]
27. Ladies out the Door [3:28]
28. A Merger [2:28]
29. Cecil's Jail Spell [4:10]
30. Shall We Dance (Ballet) [7:47]
31. Shall We Dance (Song) [3:09]
32. Finale and Cast List [1:09]

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