WE WERE DANCING

Produced and Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Premiered: April 30, 1942 (Astor Theatre, New York)

Featured cast: Norma Shearer, Melvyn Douglas, Gail Patrick

Producers: Orville O. Dull, Robert Z. Leonard
Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Screenwriters: Claudine West, George Froeschel, Hans Rameau; Lenore Coffee (uncredited)
Source: the 1936 Noël Coward play Tonight at 8:30
Cinematographer: Robert Planck

THEME

Two impoverished nobles support their marriage by being professional house guests.

REVIEWS

“You can vision the sort of picture this one is—another of those frivolous marital comedies, set down amid the glittering haute monde, in which a pair of sybaritic puppets bill and coo, then fight, and finally make up. Miss Shearer acts with dazzling aplomb and wears clothes that will knock your eye out, and Mr. Douglas turns in another of his devilishly debonair jobs. But the story sags too often and is dragged out to tiresome length. Its appeal will likely be limited to those patrons who relish a lot of swank. That it has in abundance. You should hear Miss Shearer snap a frigid ‘Quite!’”
- Bosley Crowther, The New York Times, May 1, 1941

"In We Were Dancing Norma Shearer and Melvyn Douglas pursue their fervid and often stormy adventure with a maximum of sparkle, touched with a sentiment that is never overdone. Miss Shearer's new hairdress definitely changes her appearance, yet it rather be­comes her. The picture will be liked because Miss Shearer has not of late been seen in anything of this character, although many will remember what she did in the lighter romantic sphere some years ago."
- Carl D. Kinsey, The Musician Magazine, May 1942

"Too utterly utter and all that sort of rot, my deah."
- Photoplay April 1941

"Tailor-made for Miss Shearer, who has been off the screen for a year, this is a costly, embarrassing picture, whose mood and manners are both dated and false."
- Time Magazine, March 23, 1942

LETTERS FROM REGIONAL THEATER OWNERS

“If M-G-M makes many more like this, they will dance below Monogram in my book.
- E.J. Keenan, Park Theatre, Dexter, Maine, Motion Picture Herald, July 25, 1942

“Very silly. Broke our record on poor business. The poorest we have had in two years.”
- Ray Peacock, Onalaska Theatre, Onalaska, Washington, Motion Picture Herald, July 25, 1942

FIGURES

We Were Dancing cost $1.85 million and grossed $1.79 million.
(These figures have not been adjusted for inflation nor do they include profits from reissues, television syndication, and home entertainment formats.)

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