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A Damsel in Distress (1937)

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Budget $1,035,000

MPAA Rating
NR

Running Time
1 hour, 38 minutes

Country USA

Studio Pandro S. Berman, RKO Pictures

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Other Titles
• A Damsel in Distress

• Das Kleine Malheur (1937)



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Genre: Romance, Comedy, Musical, Love

Tagline: With Sword in Hand He Goes to the Head of the Clash!.

Plot: Fred Astaire's first RKO film without Ginger Rogers, this musical version of P.G. Wodehouse's novel features some of the last songs written by George Gershwin before his death. At palatial Totleigh Castle, the staff are taking bets on the love life of young Lady Alyce Marshmorton (Joan Fontaine). In order to collect on his wager, Albert (Harry Watson), one of the servants, forges a billet doux from Alyce to American musical comedy star Jerry Halliday (Astaire), who she's met only briefly, while in London. Halliday accepts it at face value, and heads for Totleigh Castle with his publicist George (George Burns) and stenographer Gracie (Gracie Allen). Alyce, who is being kept on a short leash by her aunt, Lady Caroline (Constance Collier), and who is actually in love with an American skier, is taken aback by Jerry's sudden arrival. Lord John (Montagu Love), unaware of his daughter's secret passion, has taken a shine to Jerry, and helps the entertainer in his campaign to win the affections of his daughter. A highly entertaining film, including such Gershwin classics as "I Can't be Bothered Now," "Nice Work if You Can Get It," and "A Foggy Day in London Town."

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 Directed by
George Stevens
Shane, Giant, A Place in the Sun
 Written by
P.G. Wodehouse
Piccadilly Jim
 Cast
Fred Astaire
The Towering Inferno, Top Hat, On the Beach
George Burns
Oh, God!, Radioland Murders, 18 Again!
Gracie Allen
International House, Climax!
Joan Fontaine
Rebecca, Suspicion, Gunga Din
Reginald Gardiner
The Great Dictator, The Lodger, The Man Who Came to Dinner
Constance Collier
Rope, Stage Door, Little Lord Fauntleroy
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 Music By
George Gershwin
Shall We Dance, The Century: America's Time
Robert Russell Bennett
Swing Time, Shall We Dance, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes



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