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zmu02| Roberta
Director: William A. Seiter
Screenplay: Alice Duer Miller, Allan Scott, Dorothy Yost, Glenn Tryon, Jane Murfin, Jerome Kern, Otto A. Harbach
Cast: Irene Dunne, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Randolph Scott, Helen Westley
Genre: Musical

Running Time: 106
Aspect Ratio:  1.33:1 (NTSC )
Sound: Dolby Digital 1.0
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Features: Black and White
Studio:  Warner Home Video DVD Region:  1 NR
DVD Release:  Oct 2006 Discs:  1 (DVD) [$19.98]
Reviews:  When Huck Haines (Fred Astaire) and his jazz band of Wabash Indianians find themselves stuck in Paris without a paying gig, it's up to his buddy John (Randolph Scott) to appeal to his aunt, the legendary dressmaker Roberta (Helen Westley), for help. He also finds a Russian princess (Irene Dunne) working in the shop and a down-home American girl (Ginger Rogers) masquerading as a Polish countess because it's the best way to get a singing job. "Roberta" was the third RKO collaboration between Astaire and Rogers, and it's one of the more tepid, with too much time spent on 1930s Parisian fashion and the romance between Dunne and Scott. Dunne gets top billing and the best Jerome Kern ballads ("Yesterdays," "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes"), but as the second-banana couple Astaire and Rogers still get a tap battle, a romantic duet, and plenty of comic banter. In short, the Fred and Ginger magic is there, but not nearly enough of it. For more, watch the films immediately preceding and succeeding, "The Gay Divorcee" and "Top Hat". "--David Horiuchi"

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