SHALL WE DANCE Saturday Morning at the Hi-Pointe – Classic Film Series
Q: “What are the grounds for divorce in this state? “
No – it’s not the Richard Gere/ Susan Sarandon film from 2004. That was a remake of the same-named 1996 Japanese film. Both of those films had grammatically correct titles ending in question marks but this is The Hi-Pointe’s Classic Film Series so of course it’s the 1937 SHALL WE DANCE starring the great team of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
In SHALL WE DANCE Fred Astaire played Peter Peters, an American ballet dancer who’s known as Petrov. He wants to blend classical ballet with modern jazz, and when he sees the picture of tap dancer Linda Keene (Ginger Rogers of course), he immediately falls in love with her. Before they know it, they’re married. Or at least the press thinks so. SHALL WE DANCE was the seventh of the ten Astaire-Rogers movie. This confection has the usual slight plot of the team’s films, but the musical numbers and the charisma of the two stars more than make up for the implausibilities. The supporting players Eric Blore and Edward Everett Horton add their unique brands of comedy relief. Behind the music were the brothers George and Ira Gershwin. The most famous number in this film is “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off“, which is concluded by Fred and Ginger doing their famous roller skate dance. “Slap That Bass”, “Beginner’s Luck”, “They All Laughed” and “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” are among the other popular tunes on hand.
Now you’ll have the chance to see SHALL WE DANCE in all of its big screen glory when it screens this Saturday morning (June 14th) at St. Louis’ fabulous Hi-Pointe Theater. The movie starts at 10:30am and admission is only $5.
The Hi-Pointe’s site can be found HERE