Let's Dance (1950 film)
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|Directed by||Norman Z. McLeod|
|Produced by||Robert Fellows|
|Screenplay by||Allan Scott
Dane Lussier (add. dialogue)
|Based on||Little Boy Blue (story, 1948) by
|Music by||Robert Emmett Dolan|
|Cinematography||George Barnes (cinematographer)|
|Edited by||Ellsworth Hoagland|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Release date(s)||November 29, 1950|
|Running time||111-112 minutes|
|Box office||$2.4 million (US rentals)|
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A war widow returns to work with her former dancing partner, but her upper class mother-in-law is aghast that her grandson is being exposed to show business and takes legal steps to gain custody.
Buoyed by the great success of MGM teaming Astaire with their biggest female musical star Judy Garland in the 1948 musical blockbuster Easter Parade, Paramount decided to team Astaire with their biggest female musical star (Hutton) hoping that the same box-office magic would happen. Unfortunately, the film did not repeat the earlier film's success.
While the film did reasonably well financially, overall it proved to be a disappointment. Let's Dance was completely overshadowed by Hutton's other musical film of 1950, Annie Get Your Gun, which became one of the highest-grossing films of the year.
Ironically, Hutton was loaned to MGM to replace Garland (because of illness) as Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun. Also, Astaire's character's first name in Let's Dance (Don) is the same first name as his character in Easter Parade.
Frank Loesser wrote the music.
- 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1950', Variety, January 3, 1951
- Let's Dance at the Internet Movie Database
- Let's Dance at the TCM Movie Database
- Let's Dance at AllMovie
- Let's Dance at the American Film Institute Catalog
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