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

41 st Street.

Here, son.

- Castle?

- That's right.


- Cash.

- Oh, cash.

Wait a minute.

Mr. Fields, can I trouble you for $ 10

advance on my next week's salary.

You'll never have a next week's salary.

You already spent it last week.

Mr. Fields, if my next week's salary can

make a beautiful lady happy this week...'s my duty to spend it. Thanks.

- Here you are. Keep the change.

- Oh, thanks.

Say, Vernon, if those flowers

are for Miss Ford, you're aiming too high.

- We're having supper after the show.

- But you haven't got the right ammunition.

- The what?

- Spondoodles, mazuma.

Something that you second comics

never have.

But someday I'll be the first comic,

after you.

- Thanks.

- I'm sure you're wrong about Miss Ford.

A lot of fellas have been wrong

about Miss Ford. And you're next.

Look out.

She trifles with men's hearts.

Let her trifle with mine.

I'm not doing anything important with it.

- Addie.

- Yes, Miss Ford.

Be ready to dress me immediately

after the finale.

I'm having supper at Rector's

with Mr. Vanderpool.

Miss Ford.

- You're on next Mr. Castle.

- All right, John.

- Will you wear this tonight?

- Tonight?

- Remember our supper date.

- Oh, of course, I remember.

But my head is splitting and I should be in

bed this minute. You'll forgive me, darling.

- How about tomorrow?

- Tomorrow?

Sunday. Well, I'm going to the beach

at New Rochelle with my mother.

- Suppose I meet you at the club house?

- Oh, dear, well...

...if it's all right with Mother.

I'm so sorry about tonight.

Well, what did I tell you?

Mr. Fields, could you bag me

for a round trip ticket to New Rochelle.

By the sea, by the sea

By the beautiful sea

You and I, you and I

Oh, how happy we'll be

When each wave comes a-rolling in

We will duck or swim

And we'll float

And fool around the water

Over and under

And then up for air

Pa is rich, Ma is rich

So now why do we care?

I love to be beside your side

Beside the sea

Beside the seaside

By the beautiful sea

Hello, pup. Who are you?


Mr. Castle. Mr. Castle.

Yes. Over here.

- You waiting for Miss Ford?

- Miss Claire Ford, yes.

She just phoned. Said,

tell Mr. Castle her head was still splitting.

Oh, I see.

It's too bad.

Lots of other ladies

sitting around here, Mr. Castle.

I dare say. Thanks.

- Have you seen a dog around here?

- Yes. Where is he?

Who is that fella?

Come on, there.

Get up you.

Oh, you poor little thing.

- Walter.

- I'm coming, Sailor.

- Isn't he your dog?

- Isn't he yours?

I never saw him until a moment ago.

Well, it must belong to somebody.

Walter, take the dog into the boat.

Well, I don't like the look of this,

Miss Irene.

- Take the dog.

- Drowning that dog to get acquainted.

Some of these whippersnappers

go pretty far.

- I beg your pardon.

- Don't mind Walter.

- You all right?

- Yes.

Climb in.

- Are you all right?

- Yes.


Walter, let the gentleman into the boat.

That's exactly

what you want to do, ain't it?

No, no.

I'm quite comfortable, thank you.

Oh, please get in.

Thank you very much.

You are wonderful to jump in

to rescue a little stray dog.

- I'm very keen on dogs.

- Me too.

I keep a sort of boarding house

for wandering dogs in my dressing room.

- Dressing room?

- Yes, in the theatre.

In the theatre?

- Are you an actor?

- Well, yes.

- You're not the only actor in this boat.

- Do you act?

Me? No, I just work for the family.

- You?

- Hi.

She's a genius.

Walter practically raised me

and he's sort of prejudice.

What show are you with?

She played the fairy queen in Miss Dodd's

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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