Lady, Let's Dance!


1h 28m 1944

Film Details

Release Date
Apr 11, 1944
Premiere Information
World Premiere in San Francisco: 5 Apr 1944
Production Company
Scott R. Dunlap Productions
Distribution Company
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 28m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7,396ft

Synopsis

When rumba dancers Manuelo and Dolores, the star attraction at the Indian Springs Hotel, are forced to break up after Dolores becomes pregnant, promoter Jerry Gibson promises Snodgrass, the manager of the hotel, that he will find a new dancer for the show, which is scheduled to open in two days. After Manuelo and Timber Applegate, the old westerner who is part owner of the hotel, discover that Belita, one of the waitresses, was a well-known dancer in Europe before the war, they press her into service. On opening night, Belita makes a hit with the audience and recognizing her great talent, Jerry sends her to Chicago to join Henry Busse and his show, pretending that Busse has forwarded money for her expenses. After joining Busse's show, Belita discovers that he did not send for her, but she nevertheless rises to stardom. Back at the hotel, Jerry has been fired for allowing Belita to leave, and drifts from one bad job to another. Timber finally locates him for Belita, but he refuses to contact her, drops from sight and joins the army. Months later, Timber finds Jerry wounded in a nearby hospital and takes Belita to his bedside. After Jerry and Belita reconcile, Timber accompanies Jerry to the theater, where Belita dances a special skating number for Jerry, who sits in his wheelchair, watching proudly from the wings.

Film Details

Release Date
Apr 11, 1944
Premiere Information
World Premiere in San Francisco: 5 Apr 1944
Production Company
Scott R. Dunlap Productions
Distribution Company
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 28m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7,396ft

Award Nominations

Best Song

1945

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Although a March 1943 Hollywood Reporter news item stated that Paul Whiteman and Kenny Baker were cast in this picture, it is doubtful that they appeared in the completed film. A Hollywood Reporter production chart places Jimmy Alexander in the cast, but his participation in the released film has not been confirmed. Other Hollywood Reporter news items note that Olive Hatch, who supervised the aquacade routine, was an Olympic swimming champion. The item adds that the number was filmed at the Arrowhead Springs Hotel in Lake Arrowhead, CA. Choreographer Mischa Panaieff was a star of the Russian ballet and Belita's dancing partner in Paris and London. Post-production Hollywood Reporter news items add that Monogram dubbed this film into Spanish for Spanish-speaking countries. This was the first Monogram film that featured a dubbed foreign language soundtrack, according to the Hollywood Reporter. This picture was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Score and the song "Silver Shadows and Golden Dreams" was nominated as Best Song.