The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939)


No critic reviews yet...


Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

The last of RKO's Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers vehicles, The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle is also the least typical. At their best playing carefree characters in gossamer-thin musical comedy plotlines, Fred and Ginger seem slightly ill at ease cast as the real-life dancing team of Vernon and Irene Castle. The stripped-to-essentials storyline boils down to novice dancer Irene (Rogers) convincing vaudeville comic Vernon (Astaire) to give up slapstick in favor of "classy" ballroom dancing. With … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Irene Castle, Oscar Hammerstein II, Dorothy Yost, Richard Sherman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 24, 2006
Media Home Entertainment


as Vernon Castle

as Irene Castle

as Maggie Sutton

as Himself

as Papa Aubel

as Mrs. Foote

as Emile Aubel

as Dr. Foote

as Student Pilot

as Papa Louis

as Charlie

as Claire Ford

as Grand Duke

as Hotel Manager

as Conductor

as Army Pilot

as Army Pilot

as Lady in Revolving Do...

as Irene's Girl Friend

as Actor

as Man in Audience

as Stage Manager

as Movie Director

as Colonel

as Messenger at Beach

as Lady Bolton

as Mechanic

as Girlfriend

as Announcer

as Girlfriend

as Cab Driver

as Singer

as Stage Manager

as Colonel's Aide

as Messenger at Beach
Show More Cast

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.


Critic Reviews for The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's not exactly a stretch for Astaire and Rogers, but they do the old rags-to-riches angle seamlessly, and the finale is surprisingly touching.

Full Review… | October 13, 2011
Film and Felt

Lesser Astaire-Rogers vehicle, but pleasant.

May 24, 2006
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The duo's most unusual film, a surprisingly effective tearjerker

March 18, 2005
Kalamazoo Gazette

Audience Reviews for The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle

And they are gone: ay, ages long ago
These lovers fled away into the storm. These lines, the opening of the final stanza of John Keats' The Eve of St. Agnes, come to mind as the long run of Ginger and Fred comes to an end. It's their escape into the realm of legend. Heartbreaking. Although they would reunite through a twist of fate a decade later, this was the last intentional pairing of Rogers and Astaire, the end of their nine film run into cinematic history. Perhaps because this tragic story is based on the real lives of Vernon and Irene Castle, and, of course, the untimely death of Vernon Castle, that story and the end of the Rogers and Astaire dynasty combine for an even sadder double impact. To see them, in the end, dancing off into the distance in Ginger's/Irene's imagination heightens the melancholy of the moment. The characters and the actors are gone, ay ages long ago. The greatest dancing duo in movie history -- then, now, and forever.

Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

Different from other Fred & Ginger movies in being a bio and probably not too factual but great dancing, their chemistry and Edna May Oliver make it a fine entertainment.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle on our Movie forum!