Shall We Dance

  • U
  • Mark Sandrich (1937)
  • US
  • 103 min
Shall We Dance
Film Review
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3 out of 5

This is a particularly silly Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers movie, the one about him chasing her across the Atlantic. He's a Russian ballet dancer called Petrov, and there's a chorus of cardboard Ginger cut-outs at the finale, all a far cry from the divine sophistication of Top Hat and Swing Time. But, never mind: forget the daftness and enjoy the wonderful George and Ira Gershwin score, including the now-classic standards Beginner's Luck, They All Laughed, Let's Call the Whole Thing Off and, especially, that melancholy joy They Can't Take That Away from Me.

Plot Summary

Musical comedy starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. World-renowned ballet dancer Petrov and musical comedy star Linda Keene both need a boost to their careers. So a phoney romance between the pair is fixed up for the benefit of the press.

Cast and crew


Petrov / Pete Peters
Fred Astaire
Linda Keene
Ginger Rogers
Jeffrey Baird
Edward Everett Horton
Cecil Flintridge
Eric Blore
Arthur Miller
Jerome Cowan
Lady Tarrington
Ketti Gallian
Jim Montgomery
William Brisbane
Harriet Hoctor
Harriet Hoctor
Mrs Fitzgerald
Ann Shoemaker


Mark Sandrich

Other Information

Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
Radio Pictures Ltd
Available on video and DVD
Certificate U