Stiff Upper Lip (Gershwin song)

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"Stiff Upper Lip" is a 1937 song composed by George Gershwin, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin. It references the British expression 'Stiff upper lip'.

It was introduced by Gracie Allen in the 1937 film A Damsel in Distress. The song is the occasion for an elaborate dance routine performed inside a funhouse by Fred Astaire, George Burns, and Miss Allen, and makes full use of all the trappings of the house, including the funhouse mirror.[1] The number won an Academy Award for Best Dance Direction.

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  1. ^ Furia, Philip (1996). Ira Gershwin: The Art of the Lyricist. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 151. ISBN 0195082990.