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Classics movie directed by William A. Seiter

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lovely to look at, and just as wonderful to behold!

  • Aug 9, 2008
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers share their spotlight with beautiful songbird Irene Dunne in this pleasant version of the Kern/Harbach musical theater hit ROBERTA.

When American football player John Kent (Randolph Scott) inherits his Aunt Roberta's fashion boutique in Paris, he finds himself falling in love with lovely assistant Stephanie (Irene Dunne, hiding Russian royal blood) and fighting off the clutches of a nasty former girlfriend (Claire Dodd). Also on board for the ride are fun-loving bandleader Huck Haines (Fred Astaire), and the phoney Polish cabaret sensation Comtesse Scharwenka (Ginger Rogers)!

The Otto Harbach/Jerome Kern score contains such delights as "Yesterdays", "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" and "Lovely to Look At" (a new addition for the movie). Fred and Ginger trip the light fantastic with "Let's Begin", "I'll Be Hard to Handle" and "I Won't Dance".

The perfect movie for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

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Byron has been actively involved in theatre since the age of 12. He has had a great variety of roles (both on-stage and off). In addition he has hosted the long-running "Show Business" programme … more
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When Huck Haines (Fred Astaire) and his jazz band of Wabash Indianians find themselves stuck in Paris without a paying gig, it's up to his buddy John (Randolph Scott) to appeal to his aunt, the legendary dressmaker Roberta (Helen Westley), for help. He also finds a Russian princess (Irene Dunne) working in the shop and a down-home American girl (Ginger Rogers) masquerading as a Polish countess because it's the best way to get a singing job.Robertawas the third RKO collaboration between Astaire and Rogers, and it's one of the more tepid, with too much time spent on 1930s Parisian fashion and the romance between Dunne and Scott. Dunne gets top billing and the best Jerome Kern ballads ("Yesterdays," "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes"), but as the second-banana couple Astaire and Rogers still get a tap battle, a romantic duet, and plenty of comic banter. In short, the Fred and Ginger magic is there, but not nearly enough of it. For more, watch the films immediately preceding and succeeding,The Gay DivorceeandTop Hat.--David Horiuchi
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Director: William A. Seiter
Genre: Classics
DVD Release Date: October 24, 2006
Runtime: 106 minutes
Studio: Warner Home Video
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