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


Huckleberry Haines: John, everyday you act worse, but today you're acting like tomorrow.


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 lyrics to "Let's Begin" include the lines "We have necked / Till we're wrecked", but the censors demanded that this be changed.
RKO sold the rights to "Roberta" to MGM, who remade the film as Lovely to Look at. MGM kept the film "Roberta" out of distribution for many years, as it did not want any competition between the two films.
RKO producer Pandro S. Berman insisted that the studio pay whatever it took to buy the rights to "Roberta", a huge success on Broadway. The gamble paid off, netting the studio $770,000 and helped RKO post its first annual profit since 1930.
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