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the Story of Vernon and Irene Castle

the Story of Vernon and Irene Castle

"an affectionate tribute to a legendary duo and a bygone era "

-- Synopsis: Fred and Ginger portray the legendary dancing stars Vernon and Irene Castle who were all the rage between 1912 and 1916 and a married couple no less performing to a score of turn-of-the-century standards. 20 years before Astaire and Rogers, there were the elegant Castles. The Castles set dance and fashion trends all across Europe and America during a more innocent time in the world. Their's was a story of love, humor and dance. Vernon and Irene Castle is an affectionate tribute to a bygone era and to a dance duo that Fred said was " a tremendous influence"on his career. Irene Foote Castle (nee Foote) served as technical advisor and assisted Walter Plunkett with costuming. This was the last of nine films Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers made together for RKO Pictures, and it is unlike any other. This film is not historically accurate.

* Fred and Ginger do short takes on a few of the dances that were done by the Castles. Dances such as the Castle Walk, Tango, Maxixe, Castle Polka etc.

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1939 English [DVD | VHS | DVD Set]




R.K.O. Black and White Biography / Musical


Country Made:


93 minutes USA H.C. Potter

Featured Dancer

Featured Dance

Films Dance Rating

Fred and Ginger Castle dances Very Good

Known Dancers


Actors / Actresses

Emmett O'Brien (Drag) Hermes Pan (Choreographer) Clarence Derwent (Papa Louis)
Fred Astaire Victor Baravalle (Musical Dir.) Donald MacBride (Hotel Manager)
Ginger Rogers   Douglas Walton (Student Pilot)
Sonny Lamont (Tap)   Edna May Oliver (Maggie Sutton)
    Etienne Girardot (Papa Aubel)
    Frances Mercer (Claire Ford)
    Fred Astaire (Vernon Castle)
    Ginger Rogers (Irene Castle nee Foote)
    Janet Beecher (Mrs. Foote)
    Leonid Kinskey (Artist)
    Lew Fields (Himself)
    Robert Strange (Dr. Hubert Foote)
    Rolfe Sedan (Emile Aubel)
    Roy D'Arcy (Actor in 'Patria')
    Sonny Lamont
    Victor Varconi (Grand Duke)
    Walter Brennan (Walter Ash)

Dances performed in this Film 

Films special dance interest

Castlewalk n/a Castlewalk
Castle Polka   Maxie 
Slow Drag?   Castle Story
Tap Dance    

Music Titles in Film

Bands / Musicians / Singers

Sheet Music Covers

By the Light of the Silvery Moon Jean Sabon (Piano & Voice*) n/a
Darktown Strutters Ball Louis Mercier *  
Only When You're in My Arms    
The Yama Yama Man    
Waiting for the Robert E. Lee    

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