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Vogues of 1938 (1937)

The blueblooded Van Kletterings are broke; debutante Wendy, slated to remedy this by marrying rich bore Henry Morgan, instead leaves him at the altar and goes to work as a model for ... See full summary »

Director:

Irving Cummings

Writers:

Bella Spewack (original screenplay), Sam Spewack (original screenplay) (as Samuel Spewack)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Warner Baxter ... George Curson
Joan Bennett ... Wendy Van Klettering
Helen Vinson ... Mary Curson
Mischa Auer ... Prince Muratov
Alan Mowbray ... Henry Morgan
Jerome Cowan ... W. Brockton
Alma Kruger ... Sophie Miller
Marjorie Gateson ... Mrs. George Curtis-Lemke
Penny Singleton ... Miss Violet Sims (as Dorothy McNulty)
Polly Rowles ... Betty Mason
George Tapps George Tapps ... Tap Dancer (as Georgie Tapp)
Virginia Verrill ... Singer
Fred Lawrence ... Singer
Gloria Gilbert Gloria Gilbert ... Ballet Dancer
The Olympic Trio The Olympic Trio ... Roller Skating Duet (as Olympic Trio)
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Storyline

The blueblooded Van Kletterings are broke; debutante Wendy, slated to remedy this by marrying rich bore Henry Morgan, instead leaves him at the altar and goes to work as a model for high-fashion clothing designer George Curson, whom she soon falls for. But he's happily married (at least on his side) and going into debt financing a show to please wife Mary's desire for stardom. Vindictive Morgan, jealous of George, hopes to hasten his ruin. Can the House of Curson be saved? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vogues See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Walter Wanger wanted to make a Vogues movie since 1934 (he signed Frances Langford for it in December 1934), but waited till the Technicolor process reached a higher state of development. Langford was listed as member of the cast till 1937 and it is unknown if there were any scenes with her shot, but she does not appear in the final version. See more »

Crazy Credits

The credits appear on pieces of fabric that unroll, and after each credit appears, the fabric displaying it is cut by a fashion model with a giant pair of scissors. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Southerner (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

Sonata No.14 in C#, Opus 27 No.2 (The Moonlight Sonata)
(1800-01) (uncredited)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Played on piano by Mischa Auer
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A runaway bride plot is an excuse for lots of fashions and music
9 February 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Joan Bennett runs out on her wedding day and takes up with fashion designer Warner Baxter in "Vogues of 1938" which is a combination of musical numbers and fashion shows with a little plot in between. And it's in Technicolor! Bennett has reddish-blonde hair here and resembles Lucille Ball a little but her voice is similar to her sister Constance. I'm so used to her as a beautiful brunette that the change took some getting used to - it has to be shortly after that she did a screen test for "Gone With the Wind," and by then, she had dark hair. In this story, after she abandons her wedding, she falls for the married Baxter (who designed and made her gown) and becomes a model in his fashion house. Baxter's wife is an ambitious performer who persuades him to back a show she's in - and it nearly breaks him.

There are some great scenes - I have to admit, I thought the roller skaters were spectacular. There was a wonderful scene at the Cotton Club, another at El Morocco, and the entire finale is a fashion show done as a musical. The gowns and suits are gorgeous.

Precious little plot here but plenty of shots of the New York of the '30s, some good music, dancing, gowns - and oh, those roller skaters!


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