A Damsel in Distress
A Damsel in Distress (1937)

Fred Astaire's first RKO musical without his longtime partner Ginger Rogers is one of his best from any period -- even though it's obvious that leading lady Joan Fontaine can't dance a step. Written by P. G. Wodehouse, Damsel in… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 19, 1937
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Astaire and his vet terp aide, Hermes Pan, have devised four corking dance routines which director George Stevens has expertly envisioned and mounted.

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TV Guide

Burns and Allen are reliably funny and display more than passing hoofing abilities, and Montague Love and Reginald Gardiner are properly pompous in their aristocratic roles.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Nicely directed but a bit on the twee side with its Wodehouse plot and mock Englishisms, the result would be questionable but for a rich Gershwin score.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An Astaire dancing pic without Rogers is like a ham on rye without mustard.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Burns and Allen were imported to balance her lack of humor; their presence is certainly welcome, and their work with Astaire is surprisingly effective.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
Another predictable romance movie! Well, at least it has Burns and Allen to offer some jokes along the way.
Morgan Salem
this is such a funny movie! First off Gracie Allen is a hoot! she being that dumb is soo believible! I always love Fred Astaire , his voice and dancing! The… More