ROBERTA (1935) B/W 106m dir: William A. Seiter
w/Irene Dunne, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Randolph Scott, Helen Westley, Claire Dodd, Victor Varconi, Luis Alberni
Charming, leisurely-paced musical about a group of American entertainers who find themselves running a Parisian dress shop. Consistently entertaining, but the film really takes off whenever Fred and Ginger hit the dance floor.
This was only the third effort together by the famed dance team, after FLYING DOWN TO RIO and THE GAY DIVORCEE, and it's seldom seen. But, as Arlene Croce says in The Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers Book , "... it's a key film. It widens their range and establishes them unshakeably as a team. Astaire and Rogers become Astaire-Rogers in this film --- you can see it happening. It's true that the roles they play are inflated supporting roles, but since none of the characters has much definition and the story makes very little sense, this doesn't diminish their impact. It lets them soar. Roberta gives us that soaring spirit in such abundance that, in a way, it does stand apart from the rest of the series. It's their most ebullient film."
Songs (music by Jerome Kern) include "Yesterdays," "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," "I Won't Dance," and "Lovely to Look At."