When Franchot Tone reads the program for the play, the cast listed therein includes the real names of all the performers except Joan Crawford, whose character name is listed. Even the chorus girls are listed by their real names.
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Joan Crawford was Fred Astaire's very first on-screen dance partner. Interestedly, Crawford would pass away on Astaire's 78th birthday.
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Co-stars Franchot Tone and Joan Crawford were married from 1935-39. They made seven films together between 1933-37.
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Fillm debut of Fred Astaire. NOTE: (1) Though he was reported to have appeared years earlier in the silent film Fanchon, the Cricket (1915), he and his sister Adele Astaire only visited the set; they did not appear on camera. (2) This was the first time Fred Astaire wore his signature top hat and tails.
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Eve Arden has a bit part in the film. In one memorable scene, she plays an actress faking a Southern accent. Twelve years later she and Joan Crawford teamed for the noir classic Mildred Pierce (1945), which won Crawford a Best Actress Oscar and Arden a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination.
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Debut of the classic song "Everything I Have Is Yours." Later the title and song were used for a musical film Everything I Have Is Yours (1952) starring Gower Champion and his wife, Marge Champion.
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Ted Healy is actually credited as "Ted Healy and His Stooges," but because The Three Stooges are also credited individually later (as Stagehands), he is listed just as 'Ted Healy'.
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Segments from the dance finale were used as sources for rotoscope (animation by tracing live action) effects in the Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds song in The Beatles' Yellow Submarine.
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This film's USA television premiere took place in Chicago Thursday 21 February 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2); in Norfolk VA it first aired 4 April 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Bristol VA 15 May 1957 on WCYB (Channel 5), in Syracuse NY 20 June 1957 on WHEN (Channel 8), in New York City 5 August 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Portland OR 17 August 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Seattle 18 September 1957 on KING (Channel 5), and in Minneapolis 27 September 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9); it was first telecast in Los Angeles 25 May 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), and in San Francisco 21 June 1960 on KGO (Channel 7).
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The repeated presentation and promotion of steins of foaming beer in the "Let's Go Bavarian" number was a grateful and obvious nod to the recently repealed Volstead Act, which had established prohibition in the US from 1919-33, making the sale and consumption of alcohol illegal for the preceding 14 years.
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