In Buenos Aires, a man who has decreed that his daughters must marry in order of age allows an American dancer to perform at his club under the condition that he play suitor to his second-oldest daughter.
William A. Seiter
Don Hewes and Nadine Hale are a dancing team, but she decides to start a career on her own. So he takes the next dancer he meets, Hannah Brown, as a new partner. After a while this new team is so successful, that Florenz Ziegfeld is interested in them, but due to the fact that Nadine Hale dances also in the Ziegfeld Follies Don says no. In spite of the fact that he is in love with Hannah, he keeps the relation to her strictly business. So Hannah is of the opinion that he is still in love with Nadine, and her suspicion grows when he dances with Nadine in a Night Club Floor Show.Written by
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Gene Kelly was originally scheduled to play Don, but he broke his ankle when he stamped his foot in anger after losing a volleyball game. It was at his suggestion that he be replaced by Fred Astaire. Cyd Charisse was up for the role of Nadine, but a torn ligament in either one or both of her knees forced her to drop out. She was replaced by Ann Miller. Although she had been a star for years, Judy Garland had never met Astaire before, and was afraid to speak to him until they were properly introduced. See more »
While Hannah sings "It Only Happens When I Dance With You", she's supposed to be accompanying herself on the piano; but her hands never reach the low notes that we hear. See more »
[as he enters the apartment]
Essie, Nadine's Maid:
Oh, Mr. Hewes.
Hello darling! Where are you?
Oh Don, I've been trying to call you.
Uh, Essie, will you help me with these things please?
[laughs while struggling with several stacked boxes]
Thank you. Well, I got all tied up with an Easter rabbit. Hello sweetheart.
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Judy Garland sings "Mr. Monotony" in a sequence cut from the film. An excerpt from the number was included in That's Entertainment Part III (1994). The 2004 DVD box set release of all three That's Entertainment films includes a bonus DVD that includes the complete performance of this number. See more »
I don't have too much to say about this thing other than I can't remember too much of what it's about. We have Fred Astaire and Judy Garland dancing it up on the big screen circa turn of the century America.
There's lots of color, lots of pageantry and, of course, Astaire dancing and performing numbers on the big screen. It's a story about teaching the new girl new moves, and reassuring her of confidence that can only come from a hoofer like the legend of dance musicals.
The "payoff" at the end of the film will leave most guys wondering what the hell they just watched. I know it did for me. I saw it and contorted my face into a "huh?", but then realized (or rather reminded myself) of who the target audience was.
Not a dude flick in the remotest, even with Fred hoofing it up to show us how women like to be treated. Nope, strictly a date film for the 1940s couple, or a bit of nostalgia for those so inclined.
Not really a bad film. Give it a chance.
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