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Shall We Dance (1937)




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This musical casts Fred Astaire as a world-renowned ballet dancer and Ginger 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.

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Ginger Rogers
as Linda Keene
Edward Everett Horton
as Jeffrey Baird
Eric Blore
as Cecil Flintridge
Jerome Cowan
as Arthur Miller
Ketti Gallian
as Lady Tarrington
William Brisbane
as Jim Montgomery
Ann Shoemaker
as Mrs. Fitzgerald
Ben Alexander
as Rooftop Bandleader
Emma Young
as Tai--Linda's Maid
Pete Theodore
as Linda's Dancing Partner
Marek Windheim
as Ballet Master
Rolfe Sedan
as Ballet Master
George Magrill
as Room Steward
Charles Coleman
as Cop in Central Park
Frank Moran
as Charlie the Big Man
William Burress
as Justice of the Peace
Leonard Mudie
as Ship's Waiter
Helena Grant
as Ship Passenger
Sam Wren
as Charlie
Sam Hayes
as Dispatcher
Charles Irwin
as Fire Drill Steward
Jean De Briac
as Show Producer
Norman Ainsley
as Ship's Bartender
Pauline Garon
as Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Vesey O'Davoren
as Ship's Bartender
Matty Roubert
as Elevator Operator
Torben Meyer
as Show Producer
Spencer Teakle
as Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Mantan Moreland
as Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Harry Bowen
as Locksmith
Tiny Jones
as Flower Woman
Henry Mowbray
as Radio Officer
Jack Rice
as Desk Clerk
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Critic Reviews for Shall We Dance

All Critics (9)

The best and freshest Astaire-Rogers film in a long time.

August 7, 2019 | Full Review…

An Astaire-Rogers vehicle saved by supporting players Eric Blore and Edward Everett Horton.

July 21, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It's about innuendo and devious plots (though, of course, the stories are always essentially backdrops to showcasing the Astaire-and-Rogers show), and while it has plenty of amusing moments and some good musical numbers, it feels stiff at times,

October 13, 2011 | Rating: 60/100 | Full Review…

Made at the height of popularity of Astaire and Rogers, this elegant musical boasts glorious score from the Gershwins, including the songThey Can't Take That away From Me, which was nominated for an Oscar.

June 16, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

When viewed today it fares much better critically as a stylish and sophisticated musical comedy from the Art Deco era.

December 31, 2007 | Rating: B | Full Review…

...the plot is what makes this Astaire/Rogers pairing frustrating, the dances slightly undercut by that.

August 29, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Shall We Dance

It was a great move to have Astaire be a ballet instructor in the script, because his style is so ballet it's ridiculous. Their duets are so, so magical I never want the film to end. And they work together incredibly well, too - the dog walking scene is just adorable.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

Some of the greatest plot twists of the day; the hairbrained comedy and always great sidekick Edward Everett Horton brought down the house. Including the music of the always idolized Gershwins and a number on rollerskates that was to die for, this is by far one of the better Rogers/Astaire teamings.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


This movie is funny and has a good number of stars. I don't really care for all the dance numbers, but if you like Fred and Ginger you will like this movie.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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