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Swing Time (DVD)
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The dancing in this film is of the highest order...and the pairing of Rogers and Astaire has never reached the heights of energy, complexity, creativity, and beauty. Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2008 by R. Bono
They really are. Arguably the most successful male/female non- romantic-Hollywood-coupling-in-real-life. They accomplished the impossible. Read morePublished on June 1 2004 by J
Wow! what a terrific film. This deffinately among their best. Look at Ginger's face when she finds out that Fred can dance in the PICK YOURSELF UP number. what a look. Read morePublished on May 26 2004 by Steven L. Katz
Fred & Ginger makes dancing look so easy. This is one of their best films that they have made together. Read morePublished on March 12 2004 by CEF
I had seen this movie on television before but I was able yesterday to see this movie in a theater run by the AFI and I'm glad I took advantage of the opportunity. Read morePublished on July 27 2003 by M. McLaughlin
A perfectly charming Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers comedy, with Fred as a ne'er-do-well bandleader who needs to raise a big bundle of dough to make himself an acceptable candidate to... Read morePublished on May 9 2003 by DJ Joe Sixpack
"Swing Time" was the first Astaire & Rogers movie I ever saw and I personally thought it was very good. The plot is quite homorous and cute, however, it is reather weak. Read morePublished on April 23 2003
The dancing in this film is absolutely superb. Fred and Ginger make it look so effortlessly!
If you've never seen an Astaire-Rogers film, I suggest that you start out with... Read more
I can't quite agree with the editorial review, which indicated that this might be the one Astaire-Rogers musical to watch, if you could watch only one. Read morePublished on May 30 2002 by Robert Moore