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A Damsel in Distress

A Damsel in Distress (1937)

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Fred Astaire's first RKO musical without his longtime partner Ginger Rogers is one of his best from any period -- even though it's obvious that leading lady Joan Fontaine can't dance a step. Written by P. G. Wodehouse, Damsel in Distress casts Astaire as Jerry, an American entertainer appearing in London. Poor Jerry gets sucked into a wager conducted among servants of country squire Lord Mashmorton (Montague Love) He is "elected" to rescue his Lordship's daughter Lady Alyce (Joan Fontaine) from

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Astaire and his vet terp aide, Hermes Pan, have devised four corking dance routines which director George Stevens has expertly envisioned and mounted.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Nicely directed but a bit on the twee side with its Wodehouse plot and mock Englishisms, the result would be questionable but for a rich Gershwin score.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Burns and Allen were imported to balance her lack of humor; their presence is certainly welcome, and their work with Astaire is surprisingly effective.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Burns and Allen are reliably funny and display more than passing hoofing abilities, and Montague Love and Reginald Gardiner are properly pompous in their aristocratic roles.

November 13, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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An Astaire dancing pic without Rogers is like a ham on rye without mustard.

February 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for A Damsel in Distress

Another predictable romance movie! Well, at least it has Burns and Allen to offer some jokes along the way.
September 18, 2010
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this is such a funny movie! First off Gracie Allen is a hoot! she being that dumb is soo believible! I always love Fred Astaire , his voice and dancing! The whole story line was pretty funny! The scene when george burns cant hold in the Opera and just burst out is soo hillarious!
May 31, 2009
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