Roberta 1935

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In this delightful musical set in Paris band leader Huck Haines (Fred Astaire) meets a mysterious countess (Ginger Rogers) who gets the band a job. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes is one of the songs.

Starring:
Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers
Runtime:
1 hour 41 minutes

Roberta

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Product Details

Genres Romance, Musicals, Dance & Theatre, Music, Comedy
Director William A. Seiter
Starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers
Supporting actors Irene Dunne, Randolph Scott, Helen Westley
Studio Echelon
BBFC rating Universal, suitable for all
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 April 2010
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For this viewer, this is F&G's best movie!

Let's face it, most of the others are basically subject to the same silly misunderstandings to inspire/delay the glorious music and dance. Roberta (1935) has the best story but also the best music, with superb singing from Irene Dunne to match the superb dancing from F&G, and is altogether more visually striking than in the other films with their absurdly opulent hotels and resorts. The romance between Irene Dunne and Randolph Scott is also more passionate than the one given to Scott in Follow The Fleet.

No no, ignore the naysayers. ROBERTA is the best introduction to the artistry of Fred & Ginger.

Buy it and be transported.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By K H W on 9 Aug 2009
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This is a superb, stunning and highly entertaining movie; the music, dancing and clothes all from an age of high style - in every sense. A film well worth owning, because you will want to watch it again and again.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Gillian Mann on 11 April 2009
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This film should be regarded not for its overall quality as a film musical, but as an essential part of the collection of any Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers lover. (It was made before the studio fully realised that they would be a much bigger attraction than Irene Dunne.) It contains two of their best ever dances: their first 'fun' dance, which is recorded live and in a single take, and a sublime slow romantic dance to 'Smoke gets in your eyes'. There is also an amazing virtuoso solo tap dance from Fred. It is well worth enduring the mediocre plot-line for these items alone. Jerome Kern's music is also a bonus.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AFW on 28 Nov 2011
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Fred & Ginger are superb, story line a bit corny but I bought the DVD for the dancing. Irene Dunn singing smoke gets in your eyes is wonderfull.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dr. H. A. Jones TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Nov 2009
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Roberta
Our heroine (played by Helen Westley) doesn't last long in this film, released in 1935. She seems to be on the point of expiring when the film opens and the rather far-fetched plot is all about what happens when her haute couture salon in Paris passes to her nephew (played by Randolph Scott), who is an all-American football star. Not the most convincing of plots - actually based on a book by Alice Duer Miller - but it served its purpose as a vehicle for a ravishing score by Jerome Kern with lyrics by Otto Harbach. The same story was remade rather more convincingly in colour by MGM in 1952 as Lovely To Look At. Astaire was partnered by Ginger Rogers in their third film together.

The songs soon became popular standards and, together with the Astaire-Rogers dancing, helped the film along. They included `Let's begin', `I'll be hard to handle', `You're devastating,' `Lovely to look at', `Smoke gets in your eyes' (sung in the film by Irene Dunne), and `I won't dance', originally from a London-based show by Kern and Oscar Hammerstein but reworked here with new lyrics by Dorothy Fields. Randolph Scott, before his career in westerns, has a quite prominent role as a footballer friend of Astaire's.

The film is in black-and-white of course, given its age, but Astaire and Rogers look good together whether or not they are in colour.
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As LOVELY TO LOOK AT was my favourite musical when I was a teenager, and I still enjoy it, I was always curious about the original version. Sorry to say ROBERTA , for me, is defineitly NOT one of A and R's best. Not a version which I'd want to watch again.One good routine, but the story is flimsy - even in comparison with the Grayson/Keel/Champions/ Skelton successor - which benefited from a more varied cast with their comedy/vocal/dance skills. However, the latter may have spoiled me for Roberta, so if you are a real fan of A and R (as I still am) then have a look at it - for the price.
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By Hanne on 2 May 2014
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I love old american movies and especially Astaire and Rogers, this one was perfect. I will buy again very soon.
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One of the weakest films of Fred and Ginger. It lacks some of the magic or the grace that is in the others. Maybe it's the fellow of Fred, perhaps it is that the Fred himself choreographed, maybe Irene Dunne should not be in the movie. I do not know. The truth is that Kern's music is good and very beautiful especially Smoke gets in your eyes or Lovely to look at. The models are beautiful and this and the dynamic of Fred and Ginger save the film. Has spanish subtitles.

Una de las películas mas débiles de Fred y Ginger. Le falta algo de la magia o la gracia que hay en las otras. Quizás sea el compañero, quizás sea que el propio hizo la coreografía, quizás es que Irenne Dunne no debió estar en la película. No sé. Lo cierto es que la música de Kern está bien y sobre todo la muy bella Smoke gets in your eyes o la Lovely to look at. Las modelos están bellísimas y esto y la dinámica Fred-Ginger salvan el filme. Tiene subtítulos en español.
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