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A Damsel in Distress (1937) was a Musical - Comedy Film directed by George Stevens and produced by Pandro S. Berman.

Academy Awards 1937 --- Ceremony Number 10 (source: AMPAS)

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Best Art DirectionCarroll ClarkNominated
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Warner Archive’s A Damsel in Distress (1937)

By Aurora on Mar 25, 2014 From Once Upon a Screen

Fred Astaire dancing to tunes by George and Ira Gershwin and partnered with George Burns and Gracie Allen, Gracie-isms galore, a nineteen-year-old Joan Fontaine, the snootiness of Reginald Gardiner, impressive art direction and available in HD – all reasons why I so enjoyed watching George Ste... Read full article


A Damsel in Distress (1937)

By Beatrice on Oct 27, 2013 From Flickers in Time

A Damsel in Distress Directed by George Stevens Written by P.G. Wodehouse, Ernest Pagano and S.K. Lauren from a story by P.G. Wodehouse 1937/USA RKO Radio Pictures First viewing This was the first film Fred Astaire made without Ginger Rogers since they were first paired in 1933′s Flying Down... Read full article


“C’mon You Totney Wildcats… Give!” – Fred Astaire in A Damsel In Distress (1937)

By Michael on Aug 23, 2013 From Durnmoose Movie Musings

This clip really doesn’t need many words. Instead simply sit back and enjoy as Fred Astaire dances and drums his way through “Nice Work if You Can Get It” from the 1937 film A Damsel in Distress. http://youtu.be/yTH9VwACh7o... Read full article


“C’mon You Totney Wildcats… Give!” – Fred Astaire in A Damsel In Distress (1937)

By Michael on Aug 23, 2013 From Durnmoose Movie Musings

This clip really doesn’t need many words. Instead simply sit back and enjoy as Fred Astaire dances and drums his way through “Nice Work if You Can Get It” from the 1937 film A Damsel in Distress. http://youtu.be/yTH9VwACh7o... Read full article


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Joan Fontaine joked that this movie set her career back four years. At the premiere, a woman sitting behind her loudly exclaimed, "Isn't she awful!" during Fontaine's on-screen attempt at dancing.
The song "Put Me To The Test" was used as an instrumental in this film, but Ira Gershwin had written lyrics to it, and when the Technicolor musical film "Cover Girl" was made in 1944, composer Jerome Kern fitted his own tune to the already existing lyrics, and the newly revised song was sung and danced in that film by Gene Kelly.
When Fred Astaire learned that Gracie Allen was nervous about dancing with him onstage, he reportedly made a point of tripping and falling in front of her the first day on the set to put her at her ease.
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