Lady Alyce Marshmorton must marry soon, and the staff of Tottney Castle have laid bets on who she'll choose, with young Albert wagering on "Mr. X". After Alyce goes to London to meet a beau... See full summary »
In Buenos Aires, a man who has decreed that his daughters must marry in order of age allows an American dancer to perform at his club under the condition that he play suitor to his second-oldest daughter.
William A. Seiter
In order to cover up his philandering ways, a married Broadway producer sets one of his dancers up on a date with a chorus girl for whom he had bought a gift, but the two dancers fall in love for real.
Football player John Kent tags along as Huck Haines and the Wabash Indianians travel to an engagement in Paris, only to lose it immediately. John and company visit his aunt, owner of a posh fashion house run by her assistant, Stephanie. There they meet the singer Scharwenka (alias Huck's old friend Lizzie), who gets the band a job. Meanwhile, Madame Roberta passes away and leaves the business to John and he goes into partnership with Stephanie.Written by
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When MGM decided to produce a Technicolor remake of Roberta, the studio purchased the prints and negatives of RKO's 1935 film version of the stage play, and ceased further distribution of it so as not to compete with the remake's box office potential. The earlier film remained out of sight for decades, not resurfacing until the mid-1970s, after the 1952 remake had run its course in theaters and on television. At this point, the film was in the MGM library, as opposed to RKO, and was reissued in response to the nostalgia boom that arose in the wake of That's Entertainment! (1974), as Roberta was the only Astaire and Rogers film unavailable to be screened in revival houses. See more »
The premiere of Huck & Liz's show at Cafe Russe is advertised as being on Wednesday the 25th. Since a November 1934 magazine was seen earlier in the film, the first Wednesday falling on the 25th following November 1934 was in September 1935. However, several days *after* the premiere, the invitation to Roberta's musical fashion show says it will occur on Tuesday, September 10th, which is consistent with September 1935, but which date is over two weeks past in the film's time line. See more »
Is there anything I can do for you? No.
Lizzie Gatz alias Countess Scharwenka:
Think of what you're losing, while constantly refusing, to dance with me. You'd be the idol of France, with me. And yet you stand there and shake your foolish head romantically, while I wait here so ecstatically. You just look and say emphatically...
Not this season, there's a reason. I won't dance, don't ask me. I won't dance, don't ask me. I won't dance, madame with you. My heart won't let my feet do things they should do...
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I have been lucky enough to have this fashion parade comedy musical film in my life since the mid 70s when New Zealand TV stations sent all their old 16mm prints to Australia for junking. Instead, most of these 500 prints were found be in mint full length condition. As a result they were hired out, and I operated a cinema and ran dozens and dozens of them.
Among this incredible library was ROBERTA which seemed to always be programmed every other month or two. So my first viewing was in a lovely old cinema with a perfect print and a big audience. I have never recovered and never want to. Every time I see ROBERTA I swoon from the sheer beauty of every part of this gorgeous film. 30 years later I can watch it on tape on TV and still get the same overwhelming emotional bliss knowing what it is doing to me. I admire the fashionable production and the team so much because they knew what they were doing to the audience too: presenting a sublime musical confection that is exquisite enough to make the viewer pass out from aching satisfaction. Find it, see it, love it. Have this film in your life and just absorb every second of its absolute perfection.
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