A Damsel in Distress (1937) - Rotten Tomatoes

A Damsel in Distress (1937)




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A trio of beautiful girls set out to revolutionize life at a grungy American university - the dynamic leader Violet Wister, principled Rose and sexy Heather. They welcome transfer student Lily into their group, which seeks to help severely depressed students with a program of good hygiene and musical dance numbers. The girls become romantically entangled with a series of men including smooth Charlie, dreamboat Xavier, the mad frat pack of Frank and Thor - who threaten the girls' friendship and sanity.
Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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RKO Pictures

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Fred Astaire
as Jerry Halliday
Joan Fontaine
as Lady Alyce Marshmorton
George Burns
as George
Gracie Allen
as Gracie
Reginald Gardiner
as Keggs, Butler
Ray Noble
as Reggie
Constance Collier
as Lady Caroline Marshmorton
Montagu Love
as Lord John Marshmorton
Harry Watson
as Albert, Page
Jan Duggan
as Miss Ruggles
Mario Berini
as Gardiner [singing]
Pearl Amatore
as Madrigal Singer
Betty Rone
as Madrigal Singer
Mary Dean Lauria
as Madrigal Singer
Jack George
as Madrigal Singer
Joe Niemeyer
as Halliday Impersonator
W.J. O'Brien
as Chauffeur
Ralph Brooks
as Sightseer
Frank Moran
as Bobby
Fred Kelsey
as Sightseer
Sam Harris
as Dance Extra
Ken Terrell
as Drunk
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Critic Reviews for A Damsel in Distress

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

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

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

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
Time Out
Top Critic

Burns and Allen were imported to balance her lack of humor; their presence is certainly welcome, and their work with Astaire is surprisingly effective.

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

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.

Full Review… | November 13, 2007
TV Guide

An Astaire dancing pic without Rogers is like a ham on rye without mustard.

Full Review… | February 22, 2007
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Audience Reviews for A Damsel in Distress

Amiable Fred Astaire musical (his first starring role sans Ginger Rogers) is backed up with comedy from Burns & Allen, and a wonderful Gershwin score which includes "A Foggy Day," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," "I Can't Be Bothered Now," and "Stiff Upper Lip," which won an Oscar for its dance production.

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

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

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

Another predictable romance movie! Well, at least it has Burns and Allen to offer some jokes along the way.

Aj V
Aj V

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