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Let's Dance (1950)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 29 November 1950 (USA)
Donald Elwood meets after the war his former USO partner, Kitty McNeil, who is now a rich widow with a little child. She tries to evade her paternal grandmother, who wants her to live in a ... See full summary »


Norman Z. McLeod (as Norman McLeod)


Dane Lussier (additional dialogue), Allan Scott | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Betty Hutton ... Kitty McNeil
Fred Astaire ... Donald Elwood
Roland Young ... Edmund Pohlwhistle
Ruth Warrick ... Carola Everett
Lucile Watson ... Serena Everett
Gregory Moffett Gregory Moffett ... Richard 'Richie' Everett
Barton MacLane ... Larry Channock
Shepperd Strudwick ... Timothy Bryant
Melville Cooper ... Charles Wagstaffe
Harold Huber ... Marcel
George Zucco ... Judge Mackenzie
Peggy Badley Peggy Badley ... Bubbles Malone
Virginia Toland Virginia Toland ... Elsie


Donald Elwood meets after the war his former USO partner, Kitty McNeil, who is now a rich widow with a little child. She tries to evade her paternal grandmother, who wants her to live in a way according to the customs of her dead husband's class. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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HEARTS ARE DANCING WITH JOY! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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Release Date:

29 November 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nasci Para Bailar See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


A sharp illustration of how far Betty Hutton has fallen out of fashion since her heyday: Of her nineteen feature films, only five have been released in authorized digital editions. The primary interest in those films -- Star Spangled Rhythm (1942), The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1943), Here Come the Waves (1944), Annie Get Your Gun (1950) and The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) -- extends well beyond Hutton's contributions, and none of them could be considered bona fide Hutton vehicles. Let's Dance (1950) was issued on VHS and laserdisc, but has yet to see the light of day on DVD or in high definition. Paramount's copyrights for The Stork Club (1945) and The Perils of Pauline (1947) expired in the 1970s and both titles remain in the public domain, issued in unauthorized, often butchered DVD and VHS editions. Staggeringly, the rest of Hutton's Paramount catalogue -- a whopping ten titles -- remains buried in the vaults: The Fleet's In (1942), Happy Go Lucky (1943), Let's Face It (1943), And the Angels Sing (1944), Incendiary Blonde (1945), Duffy's Tavern (1945), Cross My Heart (1946), Dream Girl (1948), Red, Hot and Blue (1949) and Somebody Loves Me (1952). Spring Reunion (1957), her last film, released through United Artists, can be seen only during its occasional airings on Turner Classic Movies. See more »


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Charming and Exciting
27 July 2005 | by elanajoy-1See all my reviews

I grew up on this movie, so I may be a little biased, but... The characters are genuine and their needs believable. The heroine is driven from the home of her son's overbearing grandmother and into the nightclub scene - which is wholesome and romantic because it's the fifties. There, she earns her keep and finds the most loyal friends a girl could ever want. In her flirty roles of cigarette girl and singer, she has a run-in with the love of her life and the perfect, singer-dancer dad for her little boy. By the end, if you are not too cynical, you will be rooting for the lovers to hop onto the 'Love Boat' and ride downstream together.

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