Shall We Dance? (1937) Movie Review Summary

Actors: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Shall We Dance? (1937)

Peter 'Petrov' Peters (Astaire) is a famous ballet star who intergrates tap dancing into his work, much to the disapproval of his tutors. He is also madly in love with Linda Keene (Rogers), a failing Broadway dancer whom he has never met personally and only seen through a dancing flip-book. Linda is planning to retire from dancing and get married, but will do anything to escape from Peter, who desperately tries to woo her. When he discovers that she is moving to New York on the Queen Anne, he boards the boat too, along with his manager, who wants to keep him out of trouble.
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Linda and Peter meet up on the boat, and she becomes used to his constant vitality. They become friends, but during a party on the ship, Peter's drunken manager tells a new friend that Peter and Linda are secretly married, and soon this rumour is spread to everyone on board and to New York before they even arrive!
Everyone in New York believes that the two are really married, so Peter and Linda decide to get married for real, and then divorce, in order to settle their differences with the public. They travel to New Jersey to get married, and fall in love on the way back, and realise that what they might have planned is not what they really want. The music was composed by George and Ira Gershwin, and watchers are treated to Astaire and Rogers' foot-free tap dances and songs such as 'Slap That Bass', 'Let's Call The Whole Thing Off', and 'They Can't Take That Away From Me'.
The review of this Movie prepared by Liza Rosette

Script Analysis of Shall We Dance? (1937)

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   dancer

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   dancer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Any profanity?    -   None If lots of song/dance...    -   lot of singing and dancing

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