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Shall We Dance? [1937 film] by Mark Sandrich
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Shall We Dance? [1937 film] (1937)

by Mark Sandrich (Director), Harold Buchman (Screenwriter), Anne Morrison Chapin (Writer)

Other authors: Fred Astaire, George Gershwin (Composer), Ira Gershwin (Music), Ginger Rogers

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Two dancers are falsely rumored to be married.

It's Astaire and Rogers, doing what they do, so of course it's good. But by 1937 they've already performed the best dance numbers ever put on screen, so the attempts to do something "new" are naturally underwhelming. There's a lot of superficial novelty (ballet, roller skates, Ginger Rogers masks (so damn creepy)), which is silly considering how extremely unoriginal a movie it is. Also, there's no payoff for Astaire's character's hints at a new dance style combining tap and ballet, which is confusing.

Concept: D
Story: D
Characters: C
Dialog: B
Pacing: B
Cinematography: B
Special effects/design: C
Acting: B
Music: A

Enjoyment: B

GPA: 2.5/4 ( )
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Sandrich, MarkDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Buchman, HaroldScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Chapin, Anne MorrisonWritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Astaire, Fredsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gershwin, GeorgeComposersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gershwin, IraMusicsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rogers, Gingersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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A ballet star (Astaire) and a musical revue sensation (Rogers) decide to wed and publicly divorce to quash persistent rumors of a secret marriage. Once tied, however, perhaps they shouldn't call the whole thing off.

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