Shall We Dance

Synopsis: Ballet star Pete "Petrov" Peters arranges to cross the Atlantic aboard the same ship as the dancer he's fallen for but barely knows, musical star Linda Keene. By the time the ocean liner reaches New York, a little white lie has churned through the rumor mill and turned into a hot gossip item: that the two celebrities are secretly married.
Director(s): Mark Sandrich
Production: RKO Radio Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min

Stop that. Why, the idea.

Voulez-vous me to call the police?

-What does that mean in English?

-The same as it does in French, monsieur,

All right.

Comme ca, a little brook.

Comme ca, a little river.

Comme ca, a little brook.

Comme ca, a little river.

Where is Petrov?

Please, can you not see

l am busy being a wave?

Comme ca, a little river,

comme ca, a little brook.

Where is Petrov?

Look here, l don't want to be bourgeois

and remind anybody...

that l'm the owner of this company...

but if somebody doesn't tell me

where Petrov is...

there'll be trouble for everybody.

He's in his private room,

practicing his grand leap.

Thank you.

-But he does not want to be disturbed.

-Thank you.

-What is this?

-Hi, Jeff.

Stop it. Stop that.

-What on earth are you doing?

-l'm just having fun.

Fun? The great Petrov

doesn't dance for fun.

The great Petrov doesn't, but l do.

-Pete Peters, remember me?

-Oh, that awful name of yours.

l was born with it. lt isn't bad.

Pete Peters, Philadelphia, PA.

How do you make

that exasperating noise?

What have you got on those shoes?



-On your ballet shoes?


Sacrilege. At last l'm beginning

to understand...

why you wanted a private room

to dance in.

All this time l thought you were practicing

your grand leap.

But, Jeff, l haven't neglected anything.

Look, the entre chat trois.

Lovely, beautiful.

But how much more effective

it is this way.

Lovely.... l forbid that.

-That's not art.

-Maybe it isn't.

Perhaps it's just the Philadelphia in me.

Jeff, l wish we could combine

the technique of the ballet...

with the warmth and passion

of this other mood.

Mood, what other mood?

You mean this jazz business?

Jazz went out with the flapper.

That isn't jazz.

After 15 years of the hardest work...

you want to dwindle

into a shimmy dancer.

Well, forget all that nonsense.

Here, look at this, do you realize

we ought to be sailing?

Do you realize the Metropolitan

in New York City is getting nervous?

l'm sorry, but l have to stay in Paris

a while yet.

Stay in Paris? What for? Why?

That's grace, that's rhythm.

What is that? What have you got there?

lsn't she lovely?

lsn't she lovely?

So that's it.

Who is that girl? Who is she?

Where did you meet her?

That's it, l haven't been able

to meet her yet.

But l hope to dance with her someday.

-Dance? With her?


Are you mad?

Are you sure that she hasn't tried

to persuade you to stay on here?

l told you, l haven't even met her,

but l'd kind of like to marry her.

l think l will.

Thanks, Jeff.

You are so beautiful when you are angry.

Pardon, mademoiselle,

l cannot help what l cannot help.

Neither can l.

You cannot let us up like this.

-lt not up she let us, it is down.

-Up or down, she lets us.

-lt is all your fault, you kissed her.

-But it is in the play.

You kissed her out of the play, too.

Go home, all of you.

Go home!

Well, hello, my little darling.

What have you got there?

lt's Mr. Miller, miss.

He just arrived from New York.

-Hello, Arthur.

-Hello, Lynn.

You better go.

lf l ever walk on a stage again....

-How did you get here?

-By rail.

l hung over every inch of it.

A new experience for you,

you usually have your foot on one.

Yes, Lynn.

Of all the humiliating experiences.

Did you ever dance with a man

you didn't care about...

-and who's in love with you?

-No, Lynn.

Why do actors have to take

the author's lines literally?

And why must there always be a kiss

at the second-act curtain?

As long as l live, l hope l never see

another hand-kissing, heel-clicker.

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