Let's Dance (1950 film)

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Let's Dance
Let's Dance FilmPoster.jpeg
theatrical release poster
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
Maurice Zolotow
Starring Betty Hutton
Fred Astaire
Music by Robert Emmett Dolan
Cinematography George Barnes (cinematographer)
Edited by Ellsworth Hoagland
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
November 29, 1950
Running time
111-112 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2.4 million (US rentals)[1]

Let's Dance is a 1950 musical romantic comedy Technicolor film starring Betty Hutton and Fred Astaire, and released by Paramount Pictures.


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.

Comic book adaption[edit]


  1. ^ 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1950', Variety, January 3, 1951
  2. ^ "Movie Love #7". Grand Comics Database. 

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