Shall We Dance
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The seventh of RKO's Fred Astaire--Ginger Rogers musicals, Shall We Dance casts Astaire as a world-renowned ballet dancer and Rogers as a musical comedy headliner. Rogers' manager Jerome Cowan concocts a phony romance between his client and Astaire in order to garner publicity for them both. Eventually, of course, the twosome falls in love for real, but not before a cornucopia of confusion, complications and misunderstandings. Highlights include a number performed on roller skates and Astaire's dance solo in the art-deco boiler room of an ocean liner. The George and Ira Gershwin… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's about innuendo and devious plots (though, of course, the stories are always essentially backdrops to showcasing the Astaire-and-Rogers show), and while it has plenty of amusing moments and some good musical numbers, it feels stiff at times,"
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"...the plot is what makes this Astaire/Rogers pairing frustrating, the dances slightly undercut by that."
‑ Rory L. Aronsky, Film Threat
"Made at the height of popularity of Astaire and Rogers, this elegant musical boasts glorious score from the Gershwins, including the songThey Can't Take That away From Me, which was nominated for an Oscar."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Not their best, but still a treat."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"When viewed today it fares much better critically as a stylish and sophisticated musical comedy from the Art Deco era."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"One of the best Astaire-Rogers musicals with great music and dance."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
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