Shall We Dance?

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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 ...
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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.
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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).
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/16/2005
  • UPC: 053939725520
  • Original Release: 1937
  • Rating:

  • Source: Turner Home Ent
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
  • Presentation: Remastered / B&W / Full Frame
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:49:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 24,839

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
Ben Alexander Rooftop Bandleader
Sherwood Bailey Newsboy
Harry Bowen Locksmith
William Burress Justice of the Peace
Charles Coleman Policeman in Park
Jean de Briac
Dudley Dickerson Singer
Pauline Garon
Douglas Gordon Steward
Helena Grant Ship Passenger
Sam Hayes Dispatcher
Charles Irwin
Tiny Jones Flower Woman
J.M. Kerrigan
George Magrill Room Steward
Alphonse Martell
Torben Meyer
Frank Moran Process Server
Mantan Moreland
Henry Mowbray Radio Officer
Leonard Mudie Ship's Waiter
Vesey O'Davoren
Jack Rice Desk Clerk
Matty Roubert
Rolfe Sedan Ballet Master
Spencer Teakle
Pete Theodore Linda's Dancing Partner
Richard Tucker Attorney
Marek Windheim Ballet Master
Sam Wren Charlie
Emma Young Tai--Linda's Maid
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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Menu

Disc #1 -- Shall We Dance
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Soecial Features
      Commentary by Kevin Cole and Hugh Martin
      The Music of Shall We Dance
      Sheik to Sheik
      Toy Town Hall
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2003

    The best of the best!

    ''Shall We Dance'' is my personal favorite of the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers films. It includes many wonderful numbers such as ''Slap That Bass'' Astaire's solo in a ship's art deco boiler room, ''Let's Call the Whole Thing Off'' danced by Astaire and Rogers on roller skates, and ''They All Laughed'' sung by Rogers and danced by she and Astaire. Astaire plays the Russian ballet's greatest dancing star, Petrov (a.k.a Peter P. Peters). He is being chased by a very persistant woman, and so tells his manager to get rid of her. The manager makes up a story about Peter being married to the celebrity Linda Keene (Rogers). After many mix-ups and much-unwanted publicity, Peter and Linda decide to actually get married so they can get a divorce and end the whole thing. The real trouble comes, though, when they fall in love. This movie is very funny, very enjoyable, and well worth the watching.

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