Shall We Dance


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Shall We Dance
Mark Sandrich, 1937
USA | English | 109 minutes

A hoofer named Pete (Fred Astaire) pretends to be the ballet dancer Petrov in order to attract musical-revue star Linda Keene (Ginger Rogers). Astaire and Rogers reteamed for their transatlantic RKO outing with the delightful swinging tunes of George and Ira Gershwin (fresh off Porgy and Bess). Featuring the boiler room dance number “Slap That Bass,” as well as “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” (on roller skates!), “They All Laughed,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” and the unjustly forgotten “Dogwalk Promenade.”

Series: Cinematic Passages: Ocean Liners on Screen

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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