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Born to Dance (1936)





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A young singer/dancer finds success and romance with a sailor when she gets a break replacing the star of a show in this Cole Porter musical.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Sid Silvers, Buddy G. DeSylva, Jack McGowan
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Eleanor Powell
as Nora Paige
James Stewart
as Ted Barker
Virginia Bruce
as Lucy James
Una Merkel
as Jenny Saks
Sid Silvers
as Gunny Saks
Frances Langford
as Peppy Turner
Raymond Walburn
as Capt. Dingby
Alan Dinehart
as James "Mac" McKay
Buddy Ebsen
as Mush Tracy
Juanita Quigley
as Sally Saks
Barnett Parker
as Floorwalker
James Flavin
as Submarine Officer
as Herself
Dennis O'Keefe
as Man in Club Lobby
Jay Johnson
as The Foursome
Anita Brown
as Anita, the Maid
Jonathan Hale
as Hector, the Columni...
George King
as Assistant Stage Mana...
Fuzzy Knight
as Pianist
Wally Maher
as Reporter
Charles Trowbridge
as Store Demonstrator
Helen Troy
as Telephone Operator
John Tyrrell
as Reporter
Bobby Watson
as Costume Designer/Ass...
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Critic Reviews for Born to Dance

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Pleasantly breezy musical romantic comedy.

Full Review… | April 28, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The original songs by Cole Porter aren't all memorable, but they are lively and two of them are among is classics: "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "Easy to Love."

Full Review… | April 6, 2008

Audience Reviews for Born to Dance

So what's not to like?

Eleanor Powell endlessly hoofin' and hip-wigglin' away as the understudy who's being cheated out of the full limelight she's due -- ah, what moves and gams, Eleanor at her very best.

A youthful Jimmy Stewart as Eleanor's swoonin' croonin' love interest.

Virginia Bruce as the spiteful, scheming star/lead, who's gorgeously and constantly draped in sumptuous satins and pearls and hairdos.

A 20ish, foppish Buddy Epsen tap-dancin' away in a sailor's outfit -- and singin' without a Jed Clampett cone-pone accent.

A huge, classic MGM dance-production finale (sans Busby Berkeley) with row-upon-row of leggy gals dancing in all manner of elaborate, glittery, over-the-top outfits and hot-pants, that closes on huge Naval cannons blasting away at the audience.

A Cole Porter score introducing "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "(You'd Be So) Easy to Love" (with Jimmy Stewart at the pipes).

A light sprinkle of campy chuckles from a storyline by mid-Century cut-up Sid Silvers, who also takes on the role of singing sailor "Gunny Sacks."

And outstanding image quality, right down to every last sparkle of sequin.

If you haven't yet seen one of these classic 1930ish dance productions, here's an excellent place to start. Unfortunately, this jewel is only available within the box set "Classic Musicals From The Dream Factory, Volume 3."

Thanks, TCM, for the memories.

TonyPolito Polito

eleanor powell proved herself the first lady of 1930s dancers with this shiny glossy vehicle from mgm. cole porter wrote the score and roger edens did great arrangements. james stewart makes a rare musical appearance and the cast is rounded out with una merkel, buddy ebsen, sid silvers and virginia bruce.

darryl clark

This is fastly becoming one of my favorites. Too adorable for words. Jimmy Stewart shows exactly how talented he is. Being able to keep up with great singers and dancers without being trained himself. Him and Eleanor Powell are the most photogenic couple to hit the screen. Eleanor Powell was such a talent, it's sad she didn't make a lot more movies. Everyone must see this movie, even if it is just see to Jimmy do a heel click.

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