Born to Dance (1936)
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as Nora Paige
as Ted Barker
as Lucy James
as Jenny Saks
as Gunny Saks
as Peppy Turner
as Capt. Dingby
as James "Mac" McKay
as Mush Tracy
as Sally Saks
as Submarine Officer
as Man in Club Lobby
as The Foursome
as Anita, the Maid
as Hector, the Columni...
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as Store Demonstrator
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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.
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.
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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