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Born to Dance(1936)

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According to a news items in Hollywood Reporter, backgrounds for the film were shot on Santa Catalina Island, CA, and still photographer George Hommell took over for Eddie Croninworth when Croninworth was assigned to After the Thin Man. The Hollywood Reporter review notes that Born to Dance was Jack Cummings' first assignment as a producer. British actor-comedian Reginald Gardiner made his American motion picture debut in the film. It was also composer Cole Porter's first original musical for M-G-M. Modern sources state that Porter "hand picked" James Stewart for the male lead in the picture and in later years said that non-singer Stewart sang the song "Easy to Love" as well as any professional singer. According to the M-G-M music collection at the USC Cinema-Television library, Jack Owens, a baritone, did record a version of "Easy to Love" that was to be dubbed for Stewart's voice, but it was apparently discarded in favor of Stewart's own tenor voice. Born to Dance May be the only film in which Stewart sang a complete song. The ship set used in the "Swinging' the Jinx Away" number, as well as much of the choreography, was used again the 1943 Vincente Minelli directed M-G-M musical I Dood It!, starring Eleanor Powell and Red Skelton.