People: Nov. 2, 1981

"Learning to tap dance at 35 is like having a truck run over you every day. It's real punishment," says Steve Martin of the nine-month regimen of instruction he endured for the film Pennies from Heaven. The musical drama, scheduled for Christmas release, is based on a 1978 BBC series and not the breezy 1936 Bing Crosby picture. Steve plays a hapless sheet-music vendor who wants to live in a world "where the songs come true." Co-star Bernadette Peters, 31, Steve's oft reported main squeeze offstage, provides the love interest. With Depression-era recordings...

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