Let's Dance


1h 52m 1950

Brief Synopsis

Donald Elwood meets after the war his former USO partner, Kitty McNeil, who is now a rich widow with a little child. She tries to evade her paternal grandmother, who wants her to live in a way according to the customs of her dead husband's class.

Film Details

Also Known As
Little Boy Blue
Release Date
Nov 23, 1950
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Little Boy Blue" by Maurice Zolotow in Pic (Oct 1948).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 52m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
10,055ft (12 reels)

Synopsis

In London in 1944, performers Kitty McNeil and Donald Elwood entertain British and American troops. Kitty becomes infuriated when Donald, after years of being non-commital, unexpectedly announces onstage that they are to be married. Because Kitty has already married Richard Everett, an American flyer whom she met in a hospital outside London, the performing act splits up. Kitty soon becomes a widow, however, and five years later, she and her son Richie are living with the wealthy Everett family in Boston. Although Dick's sister Carola is sympathetic, Kitty feels stifled by her grandmother-in-law Serena's disapproval of her former profession, and her strict discipline of Richie, and secretly moves to New York with him. Donald is an unsuccessful New York investment broker, and continues to perform for a meager salary at Larry Channock's nightclub. Although Donald first sees Kitty again in the Chili Cabana café, he pretends to run into her on the sidewalk. The former partners try to impress each other with exaggerated success stories, but Donald soon learns the truth, and promises to get Kitty work at the nightclub. That night, Donald falls asleep in Kitty's apartment after telling Richie a story. Unknown to Kitty, a private detective is following her and takes note of her nighttime visitor. Kitty is soon working as a cigarette girl at Larry's nightclub, and the staff looks after Richie, providing him with an education as well as regular meals and naps. Serena's lawyers, Edmund Pohlwhistle and Charles Wagstaffe, show up at the nightclub and threaten Kitty with a subpoena unless she gives Serena custody of Richie. Even Elsie and Bubbles Malone, two beautiful showgirls, fail to dissuade the lawyers from their mission, and the next day, Donald helps defend Kitty when she appears before a judge, who grants her sixty days to find more lucrative employment or a husband. Donald proposes to Kitty, but while they are in line at the marriage license bureau, she learns that he still intends to give up entertaining and pursue investment brokering, at which he is a dismal failure. Kitty rejects Donald, and also refuses to accept $20,000 from Carola, who earnestly wants to help her. Kitty starts dating Donald's friend, wealthy playboy Timothy Bryant, but when they announce their engagement, Donald determines that they are mismatched, and insinuates to Timothy that Kitty is a gold digger. When Kitty then appears wearing his mother's heirloom necklace, Timothy breaks off the engagement. As sixty days have passed, Serena takes custody of Richie. Donald, meanwhile, has invested Carola's $20,000, which she turned over to him, in a racehorse, and impresses Serena when he gets an exorbitant offer to purchase the horse, after it wins a $50,000 sweepstakes. Having charmed Serena, Donald, who plans to give the winnings to Kitty, then declines Serena's offer to become her business manager because of her selfish treatment of Richie. At the same time, Kitty sneaks Richie out of the house. Serena, Pohlwhistle, and Wagstaffe report Richie's kidnapping to the police and then go to the nightclub to find him. Donald and the restaurant staff help hide Richie, and Kitty pretends to be distraught over news of her son's "kidnapping." However, when she learns that Donald has finally accepted his destiny as a dancer, Kitty goes on with the show, and announces their impending marriage onstage. After the show, Serena offers them her country home.

Cast

Betty Hutton

Kitty McNeil

Fred Astaire

Donald Elwood

Roland Young

Mr. Edmund Pohlwhistle

Ruth Warrick

Carola Everett

Lucile Watson

Serena Everett

Gregory Moffett

Richard Everett

Barton Maclane

Larry Channock

Shepperd Strudwick

Timothy Bryant

Melville Cooper

Mr. Charles Wagstaffe

Harold Huber

Marcel

George Zucco

Judge

Peggy Badey

Bubbles Malone

Virginia Toland

Elsie

Sayre Dearing

Process server

Syd Saylor

Herman

James Burke

George

Charles Evans

Mr. Pierce

Nana Bryant

Mrs. Bryant

Jerry James

Band leader

Oliver Blake

Man in bowler hat

Ida Moore

Mrs. McGuire

Charmienne Harker

Mary

Mary Field

Nurse

Susan Scott

Showgirl

Carol Brewster

Showgirl

Eve Whitney

Showgirl

Mary Ellen Gleason

Showgirl

Kerry O'day

Showgirl

Duke York

Waiter

Boyd Davis

Butler

Jack Trent

Butler/cowboy

Esther Somers

Nurse Gorman

Mary Benoit

Policewoman

Charles Dayton

Court reporter

Todd Karns

Sergeant

Delmar Costello

Cowboy

Loyal Underwood

Cowboy

Bobby Barber

Bartender

Eddie Johnson

Trumpet player

Paul Lees

Private

Herbert Vigran

Chili parlor owner

Rolfe Sedan

Jewelry clerk

Ralph Peters

Cab driver

Fred Datig Jr.

American soldier

Fred Zendar

American lieutenant

Paul Pierce

Square dance caller

Jerry James

Captain

Eric Alden

Captain

Howard Joslin

Police lieutenant

Harry Woods

Police lieutenant

Roger Creed

American soldier/Mechanic

Charles Hamilton

American soldier/Mechanic

Harry Raven

American soldier/Mechanic

Milton Delugg

Himself

Ethan Laidlaw

Stagehand

Lyle Moraine

Stagehand

Diane Mumby

Chorus girl

Bert Stevens

Cook

Frank Hagney

Police sergeant

Philip Ahlm

Policeman

Bob Crosby

Policeman

Eddie Baker

Policeman

Robert R. Fortier

Concessionaire and barker

Chester Conklin

Watchman

George Davis

Driver

Wilbur Mack

Husband, guest

Paul Bradley

Guest

Hall Bartlett

Guest

Sam Harris

Guest

Bess Flowers

Guest

Marion Gray

Guest

Warren Mace

Guest

Ottola Nesmith

Wife, guest

Stanley Blystone

New York policeman

Dick Keene

Clerk

Don Brodie

Clerk

Sylvia Lamarr

Businesswoman

Brahm Van Den Berg

Dancer

Lee J. Sneddon

Dancer

Marjorie Jackson

Dancer

Harry V. Cheshire

Peggy O'neill

Crew

Roland Anderson

Art Director

George Barnes

Director of Photography

Richard Blaydon

Assistant prod Manager

Monroe W. Burbank

Technicolor Color Consultant

Frank Caffey

Production Manager

Art Camp

Props

Peggy Carroll

Dance Assistant

Tommy Chambers

Rehearsal pianist

Sam Comer

Set Decoration

R. D. Cook

Recording

John Cope

Sound Recording

Ruth Davis

Wardrobe

Robert Emmett Dolan

Music Director

Ross Dowd

Set Decoration

Hans Dreier

Art Director

Farciot Edouart

Process Photography

Richard English

Contract Writer

Robert Fellows

Producer

Lyle Figland

Stage eng

Bud Fraker

Stills

Bill Greenwald

Outer casting

Hugo Grenzbach

Sound Recording

Lee Hall

Assistant cutter

Edith Head

Gowns

Henry Heimus

Technicolor tech

Ellsworth Hoagland

Editing

Harry Hogan

Script Supervisor

Gordon Jennings

Special Photography Effects

Al Jermy

Pub

Richard L. Johnston

Production Manager

Howard Kelly

Gaffer

Grace Kuhn

Wardrobe

Eugene Liggett

Assistant Camera

Joseph J. Lilley

Vocal Arrangements

Frank Loesser

Composer

Dane Lussier

Additional Dialogue

Nellie Manley

Hair

Al Mann

2d Assistant Director

Danny Mccauley

2d Assistant Director

Bert Mckay

Casting

Earl Metz

Technicolor Assistant

Hedvig Mjorud

Hair

Hermes Pan

Dances staged by

Aza Rayner

Music casting

Gertrude Reade

Hair

Robert Reed

Mike grip

Dave Rogel

Dance Assistant

Edward Salven

Assistant Director

Virginia Sanctos

Assistant to Hermes Pan

Troy Sanders

Music Associate

Barney Schoeffel

Props

Joe Schuster

Electrician

Allan Scott

Screenwriter

Eric Selig

Wardrobe

Arthur Sheekman

Contract Writer

S. Smith

Makeup Artist

Frank Thayer

Makeup Artist

Darrell Turnmire

Grip

Van Cleave

Special orch Arrangements

James Vincent

Dialogue Director

Jack Warren

2nd Camera

Dick Webb

Props shop

Wally Westmore

Makeup Supervisor

Bill Woods

Makeup Artist

Maurice Zolotow

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Film Details

Also Known As
Little Boy Blue
Release Date
Nov 23, 1950
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Little Boy Blue" by Maurice Zolotow in Pic (Oct 1948).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 52m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
10,055ft (12 reels)

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

The working title of this film was Little Boy Blue. Information in the Paramount Collection at the AMPAS Library reveals the following information about the production: Paramount postponed production on the film from May 15, 1949 to July 5, 1949 so that actress Betty Hutton could appear in Annie Get Your Gun for M-G-M. A lengthy studio memo noted that although production officially began on July 5, 1949, many of the musical numbers were worked on prior to that date. In addition, the memo indicates that the script was frequently re-written on the set, and the finished film initially ran for two hours and twenty minutes. Although a production number titled "Ming Toy" was shot on September 13, 1949, it was not included in the final film. The song "Tunnel of Love" was originally written by Frank Loesser for the 1949 M-G-M film Neptune's Daughter, but was not included in that production (see below). Modern sources report that this number featured a solo performance by Hutton. A Hollywood Reporter news item indicates that Jane Cowl was initially cast in the role of "Serena," but withdrew from the film due to a knee injury.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1950

Re-released in United States on Video August 6, 1996

Released in United States 1950

Re-released in United States on Video August 6, 1996