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Roberta

MOVIE #24

Roberta (1935)

(featuring Lucille Ball as Fashion Model)


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Irene Dunne plays a deposed White Russian princess who has become a famed Parisian couturier.

Dunne is the partner of "Roberta" (Helen Westley), who passes away, leaving her half of the business to American football player Randolph Scott, who of course knows next to nothing about the gown business, and couldn't care less anyway.

Special Notes: Keep an eye out for a blond Lucille Ball as a fashion model. Alice Duer Miller's novel "Gowns by Roberta" was adapted into the 1933 Broadway musical Roberta, with music by Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach. The 1935 filmization of Roberta was slightly adapted to accommodate the dancing talents of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, though their roles are secondary to the characters portrayed by Irene Dunne and Randolph Scott.

Movie #24
Film Date: 1935

Release Date: March 8, 1935
Film Type: comedy/musical
Film Color: black/white
Studio: RKO
Film Length: 85 minutes

Director/Producer:
William Seiter (Director)
Pandro S. Berman (Producer)

Character Role:
Lucille Ball (Fashion Model) (uncredited)

Supporting Cast:
Irene Dunne (Stephanie)
Fred Astaire (Huck Haines)
Ginger Rogers (Countess Scharwenka/Lizzie Gatz)
Randolph Crane Scott (John Kent)
Helen Westley (Roberta, Aunt Minnie)
Victor Varconi (Ladislaw)
Claire Dodd (Sophie)
Luis Alberni (Voyda)
Ferdinand Munier (Lord Delves)
Torben Meyer (Albert)
Adrian Rosley (Professor)
Wanda Perry
Donna Mae Roberts (Mannequin)
Mike Tellegen (Cossack)
Kay Sutton
Dale Van Sickel (Dance Extra)
Zena Savina (Woman)
Sam Savitsky (Cossack)
Gene Sheldon
Judith Vosselli
Candy Candido
William B. Davidson (Purser)
William Dunn (Orchestra)
Hal Borne
Virginia Carroll
Diane Cook
Lynne Carver
Muzzy Marcellino
Maxine Jennings
Howard Lally
Mary Forbes (Mrs. Teal)
Rita Gould (Bits)
Grace Hayle (Reporter)
Jane Hamilton