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** Subverted with Essie. She's supposed to always be dancing but she's laughably bad.

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** Subverted with Essie. She's often played by actually good dancers and she's supposed to always be dancing but she's laughably bad. Though if the actress



** The text also mentions that Kolenkhov's actor might dance a bit during Essie's lesson. Like Ed, this can be a genuine showcase for a talented dancer, or he could be portrayed as incompetent. In both scenarios though, his dancing will be comedic.

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** The text also mentions that Kolenkhov's actor might dance a bit during Essie's lesson. Like Ed, this can be a genuine showcase for a talented dancer, or he could be portrayed as incompetent. In both scenarios though, his dancing will be comedic. He's also supposed to sing "Goody Goody", which may have other cast members join in.
** Gay Wellington's actress is subversion, as she's supposed to sing, but given she's unbelievably drunk it isn't supposed to sound good.


* TheCastShowoff: Ed's actor plays the xylophone many times throughout. Though sometimes an actor who isn't musically inclined is cast, matching the incompetence of his wife's dancing.

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* TheCastShowoff: TheCastShowoff:
** Subverted with Essie. She's supposed to always be dancing but she's laughably bad.
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Ed's actor plays the xylophone many times throughout. Though sometimes occasionally an actor who isn't musically inclined is cast, matching the incompetence of his wife's dancing.dancing. An actor whose a genuinely good playing can provide a good amount of music to the play though.
** The text also mentions that Kolenkhov's actor might dance a bit during Essie's lesson. Like Ed, this can be a genuine showcase for a talented dancer, or he could be portrayed as incompetent. In both scenarios though, his dancing will be comedic.

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* TheCastShowoff: Ed's actor plays the xylophone many times throughout. Though sometimes an actor who isn't musically inclined is cast, matching the incompetence of his wife's dancing.


* IronyAsSheIsCast: Ann Miller was a professional dancer. Her character, Essie, is a terrible dancer.

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* IronyAsSheIsCast: Ann Miller was a professional dancer. Her character, Essie, is a terrible dancer. This happens quite a bit with Essie, such as when Annaleigh Ashford played her on Broadway. Ashford did such a good job dancing horribly that she got nominated for a Creator/FredAstaire Award.

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* IronyAsSheIsCast: Ann Miller was a professional dancer. Her character, Essie, is a terrible dancer.

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* PlayingGertrude: Lionel Barrymore (Martin Vanderhoff) plays Jean Arthur's grandfather in the film. In reality, he was only 22 years her senior.
* WrittenInInfirmity: Shortly before filming began, Lionel Barrymore lost the use of his legs to crippling arthritis and a hip injury. To accommodate him, the script was altered so that his character had a broken leg, and Barrymore did the film on crutches.

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