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Roberta (1935) was a Comedy - Musical Film directed by William A. Seiter and produced by Pandro S. Berman.

The film was based on the novel Gowns by Roberta and also Stage Play written by Alice Duer Miller published in 1933 (novel); Nov 18, 1933 - Jul 21, 1934 (play performed at New Amsterdam Theatre, NY).

Academy Awards 1935 --- Ceremony Number 8 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Music - SongMusic by Jerome Kern; Lyrics by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHughNominated
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Huckleberry Haines: John, everyday you act worse, but today you're acting like tomorrow.


Comtesse Scharwenka: You may call me Tanka.
Huckleberry Haines: Tanka.
Comtesse Scharwenka: You're welcome.


John Kent: You don't appreciate her. I know she seems a little hard and sophisticated, but underneath she's a pearl.
Huckleberry Haines: And a pearl so I'm told, is the result of a chronic irritation on an oyster.


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The original Broadway production included Sydney Greenstreet, Bob Hope, Fred MacMurray, George Murphy and Fay Templeton. In the film, Fred Astaire's role is a combination of Hope's and Murphy's roles, and Greenstreet's role is played by Ferdinand Munier.
During "I Won't Dance," Ginger Rogers sings to Fred Astaire: "But when you dance you're charming and you're gentle/ Especially when you do the Continental," referring to the dance in their previous film, The Gay Divorcee. The two then strike a pose from that number while the band plays a riff.
Ginger Rogers' accent is a homage to the Polish-born actress Lyda Roberti, who played the role on Broadway.
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