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Born to Dance (1936)

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106 min | Musical, Comedy

Sailor Ted meets at the Lonely Hearts Club of his friend Gunny's wife, Jenny, a girl, Nora Paige, and falls in love. Nora wants to become a dancer on Broadway. Ted rescues the Pekinese of Lucy James, a Broadway star during a public ...See moreSailor Ted meets at the Lonely Hearts Club of his friend Gunny's wife, Jenny, a girl, Nora Paige, and falls in love. Nora wants to become a dancer on Broadway. Ted rescues the Pekinese of Lucy James, a Broadway star during a public relations campaign on his submarine. Lucy falls in love with Ted, and Ted is ordered by his Captain to meet her in a night club, in spite of the fact that he has a date with Nora. Nora, who lives with Jenny and her and Gunny's daughter, doesn't want to hear anything from Ted, after she spotted a picture of Ted and Lucy in the morning paper. Lucy convinces her manager Dinehart to stop the press campaign and tells him that she would leave the production, if another photo or article of her and Ted is published. Nora has become her understudy, and she begins to think her behaviour to Ted over. Suddenly she is fired after Dinehart told her to dance a number Lucy James called undanceable. But when Ted is told the whole story, he knows what to do. Written by Stephan Eichenberg See less
Writers
Jack McGowan (screen play) (from a story by) | Sid Silvers (screen play) (from a story by) | Buddy G. DeSylva (from a story by) (as B.G. DeSylva)
Cinematographer
Ray June (photographed by)
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$941,774
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Release date
Nov 27, 1936 (United States)

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73 cast members
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Eleanor Powell
Nora Paige Nora Paige   See fewer
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James Stewart
Ted Barker Ted Barker   See fewer
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Virginia Bruce
Lucy James Lucy James   See fewer
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Una Merkel
Jenny Saks Jenny Saks   See fewer
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Sid Silvers
'Gunny' Saks 'Gunny' Saks   See fewer
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Frances Langford
'Peppy' Turner 'Peppy' Turner   See fewer
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Raymond Walburn
Captain Dingby Captain Dingby   See fewer
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Buddy Ebsen
'Mush' Tracy 'Mush' Tracy   See fewer
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Juanita Quigley
Sally Saks Sally Saks   See fewer
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Georges
Georges Georges   See fewer
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Jalna
Jalna Jalna   See fewer
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Reginald Gardiner
Policeman Policeman   See fewer
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Barnett Parker
Floorwalker Floorwalker   See fewer
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J. Marshall Smith
Member of The Foursome Member of The Foursome   See fewer
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L. Dwight Snyder
Member of The Foursome Member of The Foursome   See fewer
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Jay Johnson
Member of The Foursome (as Ray Johnson) Member of The Foursome (as Ray Johnson)   See fewer
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Del Porter
Member of The Foursome Member of The Foursome   See fewer
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Monica Bannister
Waitress at Lonely Hearts Club (uncredited) Waitress at Lonely Hearts Club (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bonnie Bannon
Waitress at Lonely Hearts Club (uncredited) Waitress at Lonely Hearts Club (uncredited)   See fewer
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Barbara Bedford
Hector's Secretary (uncredited) Hector's Secretary (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Bennett
Quartet Member (uncredited) Quartet Member (uncredited)   See fewer
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Joseph Bjorndahl
Solo Bit in 'Entrance of Lucy James' Number (uncredited) Solo Bit in 'Entrance of Lucy James' Number (uncredited)   See fewer
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Anita Brown
Anita - Lucy's Maid (uncredited) Anita - Lucy's Maid (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Coleman
Club Continental Waiter (uncredited) Club Continental Waiter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Zebedy Colt
Boy Piano Player (uncredited) Boy Piano Player (uncredited)   See fewer
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Diane Cook
Girl at Lonely Hearts Club (uncredited) Girl at Lonely Hearts Club (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jacqueline Daix
Chorine (uncredited) Chorine (uncredited)   See fewer
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Doris Davenport
Chorus Girl (uncredited) Chorus Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mary Dees
Chorine (uncredited) Chorine (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gay DeLys
Chorine (uncredited) Chorine (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ernie Feutz
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James Flavin
Ship's Officer (uncredited) Ship's Officer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Otto Fries
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Sig Frohlich
Minor Role (uncredited) Minor Role (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sugar Geise
Dancer (uncredited) Dancer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Wesley Giraud
Newsboy (uncredited) Newsboy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Peter Gowland
Dancer (uncredited) Dancer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jonathan Hale
Hector the Columnist (uncredited) Hector the Columnist (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sherry Hall
Cameraman (uncredited) Cameraman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Maynard Holmes
Lonely Hearts Patron Drinking Soda (uncredited) Lonely Hearts Patron Drinking Soda (uncredited)   See fewer
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David S. Horsley
Sailor (uncredited) Sailor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Shep Houghton
Dancer (uncredited) Dancer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Alice Jans
Chorine (uncredited) Chorine (uncredited)   See fewer
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Edna Mae Jones
Chorine (uncredited) Chorine (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jean Joyce
Chorine (uncredited) Chorine (uncredited)   See fewer
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Leona Keene
Acrobat (uncredited) Acrobat (uncredited)   See fewer
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Naomi Keene
Acrobat (uncredited) Acrobat (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Kelly
Recruiting Officer (uncredited) Recruiting Officer (uncredited)   See fewer
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George King
Assistant Stage Manager (uncredited) Assistant Stage Manager (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ralph Leon
Solo Bit in 'Entrance of Lucy James' Number (uncredited) Solo Bit in 'Entrance of Lucy James' Number (uncredited)   See fewer
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Helen MacDonald
Chorus Girl (uncredited) Chorus Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
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Wally Maher
Reporter (uncredited) Reporter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Joe Mandel
Acrobat (uncredited) Acrobat (uncredited)   See fewer
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William Mandel
Acrobat (uncredited) Acrobat (uncredited)   See fewer
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Douglas McPhail
Solo Bit in 'Entrance of Lucy James' Number (uncredited) Solo Bit in 'Entrance of Lucy James' Number (uncredited)   See fewer
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Phyllis Moore
Chorus Girl (uncredited) Chorus Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
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Norman Nielson
Solo Bit in 'Entrance of Lucy James' Number (uncredited) Solo Bit in 'Entrance of Lucy James' Number (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dennis O'Keefe
Spectator at Lonely Hearts Club (uncredited) Spectator at Lonely Hearts Club (uncredited)   See fewer
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Franklin Parker
Reporter (uncredited) Reporter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Wanda Perry
Guest at Lonely Hearts Club (uncredited) Guest at Lonely Hearts Club (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gus Reed
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Geraldine Robertson
Chorine (uncredited) Chorine (uncredited)   See fewer
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Georgia Spence
Chorus Girl (uncredited) Chorus Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harry Strang
Sailor (uncredited) Sailor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Trowbridge
Model Home Spokesman (uncredited) Model Home Spokesman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Helen Troy
McKay's Telephone Operator (uncredited) McKay's Telephone Operator (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Tyrrell
Reporter (uncredited) Reporter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jean Vernon
Chorine (uncredited) Chorine (uncredited)   See fewer
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Allan Watson
Solo Bit in 'Entrance of Lucy James' Number (uncredited) Solo Bit in 'Entrance of Lucy James' Number (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bobby Watson
Costume Designer and Assistant Stage Manager (uncredited) Costume Designer and Assistant Stage Manager (uncredited)   See fewer
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June Wilkins
Girl at Lonely Hearts Club (uncredited) Girl at Lonely Hearts Club (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ginger Wyatt
Chorine (uncredited) Chorine (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.7 / 10 | 1,315 votes