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The staff at Tottney Castle are taking bets on whom the young lady of the manor, Alyce Marshmorton (Joan Fontaine), will wed. When she meets American song-and-dance man Jerry Halliday (Fred Astaire), footman Albert (Harry Watson) schemes to make the mismatched pair fall in love so he'll win the bet. A romantic farce written by British humorist P.G. Wodehouse and based on his novel, the film features the last songs written for the screen by George Gershwin, who died during filming.

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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (2)

  • 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…
  • 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
  • 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…
  • Bright and lively and well worth seeing, even if Mr. Astaire is deprived of Ginger Rogers as a dancing partner.

    July 23, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The inspired lunacy of the Wodehouse prose style cannot, however, survive the change of medium, and the director has failed to capture the typical Blandings atmosphere.

    June 27, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Damsel in Distress

  • Sep 05, 2010
    Another predictable romance movie! Well, at least it has Burns and Allen to offer some jokes along the way.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • May 31, 2009
    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!
    Morgan S Super Reviewer

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