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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 »

Director:

Norman Z. McLeod (as Norman McLeod)

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 November 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nasci Para Bailar See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The western parody "Oh, Them Dudes" was inspired by Astaire's change-of-pace musical number "A Couple of Swells" in Easter Parade (1948), in which he and Judy Garland masqueraded as penniless and unshaven bums. See more »


Soundtracks

Piano Dance
(uncredited)
Music by Tommy Chambers, Van Cleave, and Fred Astaire
Performed by Fred Astaire
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Betty Hutton At Her Peak and Fred Astaire Magical as Always
6 February 2010 | by jayraskin1See all my reviews

The movie only gives us about five musical numbers, but they are each wonderful. "Them Dudes Are Stealing Our Dance" has to rank in the top ten of best musical numbers for both of them. There really isn't any romantic chemistry between Astaire and Hutton. She was 30 years old and Astaire was 51. I suspect the age difference was the problem, he really was old enough to be her father. The plot is a little too simplistic and there aren't many surprises. Betty is more interested in keeping her child from the hands of a vindictive mother-in-law than in her romance with stock broker-entertainer Astaire. What is great in the film is Betty Hutton's performance. She is hilarious, energetic and in super form dancing and singing. She did it between "Annie Get Your Gun" and "The Greatest Show on Earth". If you liked her in those movies, you'll like her here. The film is light and fluffy and entertaining as hell.


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