- Actors: Eleanor Powell, James Stewart, Virginia Bruce, Una Merkel, Sid Silvers
- Directors: Roy Del Ruth
- Writers: Sid Silvers, Buddy G. DeSylva, Jack McGowan
- Producers: Jack Cummings
- Format: Black & White, NTSC
- Rated: Not RatedNR
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: MGM (Warner)
- VHS Release Date: February 23, 1995
- Run Time: 106 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- ASIN: 6301967526
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,832 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Born to Dance [VHS]
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Not only was Powell a greatly gifted dancer, she was a clever commedian with a pleasing singing voice, and her playful performing style is particularly charming in such numbers as "Rap-Tap on Wood" and "Swinging the Jinx Away." Her leading man, somewhat surprisingly, is none other than James Stewart--and although he wasn't really a singer or a dancer he does extremely well with both, and he and Powell make a very entertaining couple. The entire cast is their equal, with Phil Silvers and Una Merkle amusing as bickering lovers, Buddy Ebsen demonstrating his remarkable talents as both eccentric dancer and clever comic, and Virginia Bruce the perfect femme fatale. Everything about the film sparkes and shines, right down from the sets to the polished performances. If you enjoy classic musicals of the 1930s, BORN TO DANCE is a must have! Strongly recommended.
It's interesting to hear Jimmy Steward singing. Most of the time he's not bad, but he couldn't quite pull off "Easy to love." That's actually not surprising; that's not an easy song. And if you don't believe me, you try singing it sometime. What's amazing is that Eleanor Powell did so well with it--in addition to being an amazing dancer, she was quite a good singer, although it's true that she did sound a little ragged in some of her later pictures.
Anyway, it's a great example of the MGM movie-musical, and Powell was an absolutely amazing dancer. So watch it and enjoy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A review, not a screenplay with a beginning, middle, end.
Redeeming feature--any of the brilliant Eleanor Powell.
Wonderful, simply wonderful. This is a masterpiece from the 30's. One interesting topic that I could appreciate from the film was a phrase: "Lonely Hearts Club"!! Read morePublished on September 8, 2008 by MGM MOVIE BUFF
Why are we not allowed to see the great ELEANOR pOWELL ON A RE-MASTERED dvd OF THIS OR ANY MOVIE SHES IN.?????Published on July 31, 2007 by Robert M. Bonnett
Just burned this movie to DVD off the TCM channel - had not seen the film in a number of years. Out of curiosity I was reading the Amazon reviews, and must protest against the one... Read morePublished on November 21, 2006 by Giradman
Eleanor Powell can do no wrong, and she does all right in 'Born To Dance'.
A Terrific Musical from the magical MGM Musicals factory. Read more
This film is standard musical fare. A woman (Eleanor Powell) goes to the city to make it big on Broadway. Read morePublished on September 12, 2005 by Samantha Glasser
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