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We Were Dancing

We Were Dancing(1942)

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Nol Coward's Tonight at 8:30 consists of nine one-act plays. In the original London production, the plays were performed in increments of three on successive nights. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item on April 18, 1941, M-G-M had purchased the rights to all nine plays and We Were Dancing incorporated elements from several. Actors Sig Ruman and Dennis Hoey, listed in the CBCS respectively as "Baron Prax" and "Prince Wilomirsky," were not in the released film, although their characters, the fathers of "Nicki" and "Vicki," are referred to in the film. Several additional actors included in the CBCS but not seen in the released film were Philip Ahn, Ian Wolfe and Tim Ryan. An unidentified, but contemporary news item contained in the AMPAS Library file on the film noted that "Ian Hunter will be the guy who gets jilted...twice," but that role was played by Lee Bowman. A Hollywood Reporter news item on November 14, 1941 indicated that Lennie Hayton was doing "prerecordings," for the film, but the extent of his contribution to the completed film has not been determined. According to modern sources, actress Ava Gardner made her motion picture debut in the film, appearing in a crowd scene, but she was not identifiable in the print viewed.