Oscar Movies: Roberta (1935)

Roberta, not one of Astaire-Rogers strong musicals, was nominated for one Oscar, Best Song, “Lovely to Look At,” with music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh.

The Best Song Oscar winner was “Lullaby of Broadway” from the musical Gold Diggers of 1935.

Roberta is based on a stage play, which was a huge hit, largely due to the song

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“Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.” In this film version, Irene Dunne sings the legendary song solo–in close-up.

There are two couples in the picture: one played by Astaire and Rogers, the other by Randolph Scott and Irene Dunne (who was trained in opera).