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Swing Time [1936 film] by George Stevens

Swing Time [1936 film]

by George Stevens (Director), Jerome Kern (Composer)

Other authors: Fred Astaire (Actor), Eric Blore (Actor), Helen Broderick (Actor), Dorothy Fields (Lyrics), Betty Furness (Actor)6 more, Jerome Kern (Music), Howard Lindsay (Screenplay), Georges Metaxa (Actor), Victor Moore (Actor), Ginger Rogers (Actor), Allan Scott (Screenplay)

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Boy dancer meets girl dancer; dancing ensues.

Amazing levels of delightfulness. I can't remember the last time that watching something has filled me with anywhere near this much joy. I can't bring myself to give it an A plus, though, on account of (1) a stupid plot and (2) holy crap did Fred Astaire just put on blackface? Yes, yes he did.

Concept: C
Story: D
Characters: C
Dialog: B
Pacing: A
Cinematography: B
Special effects/design: B
Acting: A
Music: A

Enjoyment: A

GPA: 3.0/4 ( )
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Stevens, GeorgeDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kern, JeromeComposermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Astaire, FredActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blore, EricActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Broderick, HelenActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fields, DorothyLyricssecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Furness, BettyActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kern, JeromeMusicsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lindsay, HowardScreenplaysecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Metaxa, GeorgesActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moore, VictorActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rogers, GingerActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Scott, AllanScreenplaysecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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If you only had one Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers film to watch,this classic musical from 1936 would be your best bet. It was the dance duo's sixth film together, and director George Stevens handled the material with as much flair behind the camera as Fred and Ginger displayed in front of it. This time out, Fred plays a gambling hoofer who's engaged to marry a young socialite (Betty Furness), but when he's late for the wedding his prospective father-in-law sends him away, demanding that he earn $25,000 before he can earn his daughter's hand in marriage. When Fred meets Ginger in a local dance studio (where he pretends to be a klutz so she can be his instructor), he's instantly smitten and the $25,000 deal becomes a moot point. Featuring six songs by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields (including a splendid rendition of "The Way You Look Tonight") and some of the most elegant dance sequences ever filmed, this lightweight fluff epitomizes the jazz-age style of 1930s musicals, virtually defining the genre with graceful joie de vivre. --Jeff Shannon

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Fred Astaire plays a gambler intent on raising $25,000 in New York in order to marry his fiance back home. Romantic complications occur when he meets dancing teacher, Ginger Rogers. Memorable songs include "The Way you look tonight".

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