A Damsel in Distress
Warner Archive Collection (series)
Fred Astaire sails across the pond to meet damsel in distress Joan Fontaine and delightful (if unlikely) dance partners George Burns and Gracie Allen in a musical co-scripted by master wit P.G. Wodehouse.
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: August 5, 2011
- Originally Released: 1937
- Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||George Burns, Gracie Allen, Joan Fontaine, Reginald Gardiner, Ray Noble, Constance Collier, Montagu Love, Harry Watson & Jan Duggan|
|Directed by||George Stevens|
|Edited by||Henry Berman|
|Screenwriting by||Ernest Pagano|
|Art Direction by||Van Nest Polglase & Carroll Clark|
|Story by||P.G. Wodehouse|
|Produced by||Pandro S. Berman|
|Director of Photography:||Joseph H. August|
Academy Awards 1937 - Best Dance Direction
Description by OLDIES.com:
Fred Astaire sails across the pond to meet damsel in distress Joan Fontaine and delightful (if unlikely) dance partners George Burns and Gracie Allen in a musical co-scripted by master wit P.G. Wodehouse and directed by George Stevens (Swing Time). The helium-light story concerns servants running a betting pool on the marriage prospects of a fetching aristocrat (guess who wins her hand). The elegant George and Ira Gershwin score includes two standards forever associated with Astaire, "A Foggy Day" and "Nice Work If You Can Get It," plus one of Hollywood's cleverest song-and-dances: the Academy Award-winning Fun House number, which sends Astaire, Burns and Allen cavorting among chutes, mirrors, moving floors and rolling barrels.
Fred Astaire's first RKO film without Ginger Rogers, this musical version of P.G. Wodehouse's novel features some of the last songs written by George Gershwin before his death. At palatial Totleigh Castle, the staff are taking bets on the love life of young Lady Alyce Marshmorton (Joan Fontaine). In order to collect on his wager, Albert (Harry Watson), one of the servants, forges a billet doux from Alyce to American musical comedy star Jerry Halliday (Astaire), who she's met only briefly, while in London. Halliday accepts it at face value, and heads for Totleigh Castle with his publicist George (George Burns) and stenographer Gracie (Gracie Allen). Alyce, who is being kept on a short leash by her aunt, Lady Caroline (Constance Collier), and who is actually in love with an American skier, is taken aback by Jerry's sudden arrival. Lord John (Montagu Love), unaware of his daughter's secret passion, has taken a shine to Jerry, and helps the entertainer in his campaign to win the affections of his daughter. A highly entertaining film, including such Gershwin classics as "I Can't be Bothered Now," "Nice Work if You Can Get It," and "A Foggy Day in London Town."
- The Turner videocassette is part of the "RKO Collection."
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