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A Damsel in Distress

  • Comedy
  • Music
  • 1937
  • George Stevens
  • 100 mins
  • U

Summary

Musical comedy starring Fred Astaire and George Burns. An American dancer in London falls for the charms of a young Englishwoman, but her aristocratic connections make her an elusive target for his affections.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Adapted by PG Wodehouse from a play that was based on his own novel, this was only Fred Astaire's second film without Ginger Rogers. But he's in sparkling form as a dance star who's attempting to trip the light fantastic with aristocratic Joan Fontaine. Hermes Pan's choreography won an Oscar, but every step is pure Astaire, and Fontaine (who was better known as a dramatic actress) never misses a beat. Playing themselves, George Burns and Gracie Allen show why they are so fondly remembered. And if that's not enough, there's a clutch of eminently hummable George Gershwin songs.

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Credits

Cast

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Jerry HallidayFred Astaire
George BurnsGeorge Burns
Gracie AllenGracie Allen
Lady Alyce MarshmortonJoan Fontaine
KeggsReginald Gardiner
ReggieRay Noble
Lady Caroline MarshmortonConstance Collier
Lord John MarshmortonMontagu Love
AlbertHarry Watson
Miss RugglesJan Duggan

Crew

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DirectorGeorge Stevens

Details

Theatrical distributor
Radio Pictures Ltd
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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