The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle

Synopsis: In 1911, Vernon Castle, minor comic in a stage revue, pursues the leading lady to a New Jersey beach...where, instead, he meets stage-struck Irene Foote. A few misadventures later, they're married; at Irene's insistence, they abandon comedy to attempt a dancing career, which attempt only lands them in Paris without a sou. Fortunately, agent Maggie Sutton hears them rehearse and starts them on their brilliant career as the world's foremost ballroom dancers. But at the height of their fame, World War I begins...
Director(s): H.C. Potter
Production: Media Home Entertainment
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min

Seminary's Annual Entertainment.

- Oh, amateur shows.

- Dances like a sun beam.

What's your name?

- My name's Castle.

- My name's Foote.

My name will be mud when I try

to explain this to your mother.

- Why don't you start the motor?

- Because it's broke, that's why.

- Looks all right.

- Looks broke.

Irene was just 3, then.

Don't you love the flowers?

- And this is when she was 7.

- Very fetching.

The next one is Pinafore. Being English

yourself, Mr. Castle, I know you'll like it.

She was in a school production when

she was 10. Do you remember, Hubert?

- Oh, yes.

- Well, here's our dog.

- Our dog?

- I asked all around the neighborhood...

...and nobody claims him,

so Sailor wants to keep it.

- Well, he's very sweet.

- Here boy. Here boy.

- What train you figure on making?

- The 5:

I figure the 4:

Oh, look.

How nice.

Irene's going to do

a rendition for you.

- For me?

- Yes.

She's never had a chance to do

it for a professional audience before.

I think I'll go out

and work in the garden a bit.

Hubert, you stay right here.

I think my clothes must be dry by now.

You sit here, sir.

Ladies and gentlemen,

an imitation of Miss Bessie McCoy...

...doing her famous number,

"The Yama Yama Man." Thank you.

Mr. Castle, she may be

a little nervous.

I'm a little nervous myself.

Every little tot at night

Is afraid of the dark, you know

Some big Yama Man they sing

As off to bed they go

Yama Yama Yama Man

Terrible eyes and a face of tan

If you don't watch out

He will sting you

Without a doubt, if he can

Maybe he's hiding behind the chair

Ready to spring out at you unaware

So run to your mama for here comes

The Yama Yama Yama Man


- You did very nicely, dear.

- Thank you.

- Well, sir?

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