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Born to Dance(1936)

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  • Too much tap!

    • RedRain
    • 2/4/17

    It's worth tuning into this film to see the gorgeous (and brunette before Hollywood turned her into a blonde!) Eleanor Powell and those beautiful legs of hers! Tap dancing requires a great deal of muscle control and most female tap dancers end up with thick calves but Powell is the fantastic exception. Buddy Ebsen hoofing it as his original metier is great and this was one of three films he danced in that year; however, because of his breathing in the silver dust and becoming ill on the "Wizard of Oz" set, he wasn't able to complete that film. I'm a big fan of character actors and Una Merkel is one of my very favorites and she proves why in this film. The one knock I have against this film is the endless tap dancing. The numbers are terrific, particularly Eleanor Powell in the final number, but there is just too much rat-a-tat-tat going on here and it doesn't move the story along at all, despite some beautiful Cole Porter songs and lyrics.

  • Rare talent

    • I_Fortuna
    • 3/30/14

    It is rare to see so much talent in one film. Powell is amazing and Buddy Ebsen and Jimmy Stewart were wonderful and Buddy's histrionics so cute. I can't remember when I enjoyed a musical so much. That little girl was a little shining star too! Terrific film. This film is worth every penny!

  • How little we know!

    • Barry K. Hastings
    • 4/2/10

    I watched Buddy Ebsen tap dance on TV in the late 1950's and he was incredible. But in the movies most songs are dubbed in. For instance in the movie Gilda Rita H. did not sing those songs and James Stewart was not only a great actor but a great American and great man but I can sing 5x better then him and I you don't look it up than maybe his voice was dubbed. If a person did as I did getting degrees in production, directing and so on it's very hard for them to decipher or dissect accurately a movie but then that's true with almost everything.

  • Stewart and Ebsen

    • Alice Maybery
    • 11/3/09

    Jimmy Stewart singing makes any day a great one! And Buddy Ebsen fantastic!

  • NEW MUSICAL

    • Roy H. Wagner ASC
    • 5/6/08

    It is astonishing that Tommy Tune or some other nostalgia merchant has not considered bringing this to Broadway. It has everything going for it. It is ancient but very modern in some of its musical structure. The key characters could easily be re-cast with modern performers. The performance by Reginald Gardner is worth the entire picture. He is absoultely priceless!

  • Buddy Ebsen Fantastic

    • Earlene
    • 7/8/06

    I didn't see the whole movie, but did see Buddy Ebsen dance. He was fabulous. I would love to have a DVD of this film, just to watch him dance again.

  • Great Music and Dancing

    • Stan
    • 3/12/06

    Hard to beat Cole Porter's music. The two songs "You'd be so easy to Love" and I've got you under my Skin" are timeless. Eleanor Powell. one of the all-time best dancers gives sparkling performance. Frances Laangford is good too. Feminine singer of the above two songs had a great voice. Worth watching just for the music and dancing.

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