Three separate stories of the hopes of the lonely are told, with the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan as the setting. In "The Waltz", recently widowed May, a graceful woman who was married to her husband Eddie for thirty-five years, mourns the loss of dancing with her long time partner. Although she initially thinks him crass, May chooses as her new dance partner Stan if solely for what link Stan seems to be able to provide to her past. Stan tries to steer her away from that past and look to her future. In "The Hustle", a young man named Russel "works" as a full time gigolo for the wealthy Pauline, who is on the far side of middle age. Russel meets the shy Marilyn, Pauline's friend who was recently jilted by her husband, with whom there is a mutual attraction. Cleo, Russel's former dance teacher, wants Russel as her professional dance partner despite him treating dance now merely as a past-time. Both Marilyn and Cleo try to get Russel away from the life he leads with Pauline, which may ... Written by
Did You Know?
Appearing as the emcee in th "The Waltz" segment was Don De Natale
who was the Roseland dance hall's real-life master-of-ceremonies. He had previously played Jackie in Merchant Ivory's earlier film The Wild Party
(1975). See more
What do you do at home? Stare at the wall and go quietly crazy?
Referenced in Yes Man
The Moon of Manakoora
By Frank Loesser
and Alfred Newman See more