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)
|Best Music - Song||Music by Jerome Kern; Lyrics by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh||Nominated|
Huckleberry Haines: And a pearl so I'm told, is the result of a chronic irritation on an oyster.
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.
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This is one of only two Astaire/Rogers films (along with The Gay Divorcee), which is based on a Broadway musical. The Broadway stage version of "The Gay Divorcee" (titled "Gay Divorce") starred Fred Astaire in the same role he played on film, however, while the stage version of "Roberta" starred neither Astaire nor Ginger Rogers.
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.
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