Astaire and Rogers: 10-Film Collection

Astaire and Rogers: 10-Film Collection

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In the 16-year period of 1933 (Flying Down to Rio) through 1949 The Barkleys of Broadway), actor-dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers virtually ruled the screen, checking in as the most popular Hollywood duo of their era. This unique set presents all ten of the Astaire-Rogers movies, including Swing Time, Roberta, Top Hat andSee more details below

Overview

In the 16-year period of 1933 (Flying Down to Rio) through 1949 The Barkleys of Broadway), actor-dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers virtually ruled the screen, checking in as the most popular Hollywood duo of their era. This unique set presents all ten of the Astaire-Rogers movies, including Swing Time, Roberta, Top Hat and Shall We Dance, plus a bonus documentary on the history of the team, entitled Astaire and Rogers: Partners in Rhythm.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
During the bleak years of the Great Depression, American moviegoers found themselves cheered by the periodic screen pairings of former Broadway hoofer Fred Astaire and Hollywood glamour girl Ginger Rogers. Their star vehicles employed airy plots and stereotyped characters, but they were lavishly mounted in the best Art Deco tradition and peopled with first-rate supporting players. Ultimately, it was the music, dancing, and singing that so entranced ‘30s audiences. A who’s who of popular music supplied the scores for these films, including Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern, and Dorothy Fields. And those songs! Instant hits back then, for the most part they remain standards today. “Cheek to Cheek,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” “They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” “Let’s Face the Music and Dance,” and countless others -- all of them were introduced in the films collected in this 10-film set. Flying Down to Rio (1933) actually stars Gene Raymond and Dolores Del Rio, two largely forgotten stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age, but supporting players Astaire and Rogers -- paired for the first time -- steal the show with their high-spirited stepping. Among Rio's more memorable sequences is one of the daffiest production numbers ever committed to celluloid, featuring scantily clad chorus girls riding atop old-fashioned biplanes. The Gay Divorcee (1934), the team’s first “official” starring vehicle, takes its title and premise from a Broadway smash. While only one Cole Porter tune made the jump from stage to screen, luckily it was a little ditty entitled “Night and Day.” (A non-Porter song, “The Continental,” nabbed the film an Oscar for best song of the year, as well as inspiring a terrific Astaire-Rogers dance number). Another Broadway hit, Roberta (1935), was similarly refitted for Astaire and Rogers, with Irene Dunne and Randolph Scott lending marquee appeal and Jerome Kern providing a score that spawned several standards, most memorably “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.” Depending upon whom you believe, either Top Hat (1935) or Swing Time (1936) is the best film Fred and Ginger made together. The former has the edge, with its sensational Irving Berlin score and its goofy mistaken-identity plot. But Swing Time, with its beautiful songs by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields, isn’t far behind. For that matter, neither are Follow the Fleet (1936) and Shall We Dance (1937). Carefree (1938) has its stretches of corny comedy but also sports some nifty Irving Berlin tunes, including “Change Partners.” The last of the RKO series of Astaire-Rogers pairings, 1939’s The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle, cast Fred and Ginger as the popular early-20th-century husband-and-wife dance team; heavier on plot than effervescent dance numbers, the film signaled the dissolution of a brilliant partnership. The duo’s final film, The Barkleys of Broadway (1949), made ten years after the last entry of the original series, doesn’t quite measure up to the earlier ones but is still enjoyable. These movies were intended to provide escapist entertainment, so they were deliberately crammed with absurd and implausible situations. Once the dancing began, however, the contrivances were all forgotten, and theater screens radiated a magic glow on transfixed audiences. The magic is still there, and Harry Potter himself would envy the effect that Astaire and Rogers continue to have on people who love movie musicals.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/12/2010
UPC:
0883929146703
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
16:48:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Extensive special features on each movie plus: bonus disc documentary profile Astaire and Rogers partners in rhythm

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Astaire and Rogers: 10-Film Collection / Flying Down to Rio
1. Credits [1:28]
2. Disciplinarian [3:13]
3. Music Makes Me [3:25]
4. Dance Partners [4:04]
5. Pass the Orchid [2:25]
6. Destination Rio [4:09]
7. Forced Landing [4:19]
8. Their Other Selves [5:17]
9. The Lady Gets a Lift [3:38]
10. Describing His Dream Girl [4:09]
11. No Date for Tonight [2:27]
12. The Carioca: Instrumental [4:43]
13. The Carioca: Astaire / Rogers [2:08]
14. The Carioca: Ensemble [2:59]
15. The Carioca: Etta Moten [3:54]
16. Scram [3:13]
17. Orchids in the Moonlight: Dance [4:43]
18. Orchids in the Moonlight: Song [5:05]
19. Astaire Specialty [5:19]
20. Plane Plans [3:02]
21. Use Your Brazil Nut [2:50]
22. Surprising Sights [3:11]
23. Flying Down to Rio [6:18]
24. Julio Bails out [2:22]
25. Cast List [:44]
Disc #2 -- Astaire and Rogers: 10-Film Collection / Gay Divorce
1. Credits [1:49]
2. Don't Let It Bother You: Song [2:24]
3. Don't Let It Bother You: Dance [4:05]
4. Damsel in Disdress [6:49]
5. A Needle in a Haystack [6:22]
6. Traffic for Two [2:41]
7. Countryside Courtship [3:23]
8. Details of Divorce [5:54]
9. Invitation to Brighton [1:40]
10. Let's K-nock K-nees [4:58]
11. Memorable Line [1:30]
12. Heady Waiter [2:16]
13. Mrs Green [2:02]
14. Tonetti Prefers Spaghetti [3:04]
15. Night and Day [7:21]
16. She'll Be Waiting [1:28]
17. He's the Broom [2:45]
18. Keep Your Distance [2:31]
19. Glad But Unstable [:49]
20. Who's That Man? [4:22]
21. The Continental: Song [6:49]
22. The Continental: Dance [5:13]
23. The Continental: Ensemble [2:51]
24. The Continental: Finale [7:39]
25. Igneous Intrusion [1:48]
26. From Mr. Glossop... [4:26]
27. ... to Prof. Brown [4:09]
28. Dancing Departure [1:46]
29. Cast List [1:27]
Disc #3 -- Astaire and Rogers: 10-Film Collection / Roberta
1. Credits [1:38]
2. Voyda's Indians [2:20]
3. Organ Recital [3:17]
4. Stuck at Roberta's Salon [3:39]
5. John's Aunt Minnie [4:34]
6. The Countess Is Charmed [4:11]
7. Let's Begin [3:11]
8. Call Me Tanka [3:18]
9. The Tough of Your Hand [3:23]
10. I'll Be Hard to Handle: Song [1:58]
11. I'll Be Hard to Handle: Dance [4:06]
12. Everything Is Fixed! [3:01]
13. French Lesson [2:49]
14. Yesterday [2:44]
15. Partners [6:22]
16. Fashion Among Friends [2:49]
17. Telling the World [2:34]
18. Tearful Old Flame [3:50]
19. Whatever Sohpie Wants [4:49]
20. Through with Each Other [4:06]
21. I Won't Dance: Song [3:09]
22. I Won't Dance: Dance [2:48]
23. Russian Royalty [2:09]
24. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes [5:40]
25. Running or Ruining? [5:39]
26. Lovely to Look at: Fashion Show [3:57]
27. Lovely to Look at: Song [3:16]
28. More Loveliness With Lucy [2:49]
29. Lovely / Smoke Dance [3:16]
30. Pair of Paris Pairs [2:14]
31. I Won't Dance: Finale [:50]
32. Cast List [1:01]
Disc #4 -- Astaire and Rogers: 10-Film Collection / Top Hat
1. Credits [1:34]
2. Silence [3:36]
3. We Are Bates [2:44]
4. No Strings [3:29]
5. The Lady Below [3:09]
6. Her Sandman [1:43]
7. In the Driver's Seat [4:27]
8. Cloudburst [2:31]
9. Isn't This a Lovely Day [4:34]
10. All Business With Beddini [2:34]
11. Slap in the Face [3:40]
12. Scandalous [4:06]
13. Get Me a Plane [2:44]
14. Top Hat, White Tie and Tails [4:51]
15. Good for Horace! [4:05]
16. Displeased to Meet You [3:54]
17. Remember When [6:07]
18. Seeing Something in Horace [1:56]
19. Matchmaker Madge [1:44]
20. Cheek to Cheek [5:27]
21. Love Slap [1:28]
22. Steak Not Well Done [3:12]
23. Just Married [5:16]
24. Bridal Suite Bridling [4:12]
25. Not Before a Lady [3:17]
26. Grazie, Signore [2:26]
27. The Piccolino [6:52]
28. Just Unmarried [3:48]
Disc #5 -- Astaire and Rogers: 10-Film Collection / Follow the Fleet
1. Credits [1:22]
2. We Saw the Sea [2:34]
3. Liberty Party [2:33]
4. Her Escort [3:30]
5. Sister's Advice [2:49]
6. Let Yourself Go [2:02]
7. Glad to See Me [3:44]
8. Naval Maneuver [2:28]
9. Get Thee Behind Me Satan [1:56]
10. Let Yourself Go Dance [5:14]
11. Letting Sherry Go [3:07]
12. Jumping Ship [3:08]
13. There Goes the Fleet [3:51]
14. Cutting in on Their Dance [4:15]
15. Out of Tune [3:57]
16. I'd Rather Lead a Band [5:54]
17. Heavy Dates [3:44]
18. Singing Sabotage [6:32]
19. Finer Instincts [4:24]
20. But Where Are You? [2:39]
21. Wrong Parters [3:34]
22. Something to Manage [4:41]
23. I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket (Piano) [3:32]
24. I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket (Song) [5:20]
25. Playing Their Parts [6:24]
26. Taking Liberty [3:29]
27. On With the Show [3:42]
28. Let's Face the Music and Dance [7:58]
29. Propositions [1:20]
Disc #6 -- Astaire and Rogers: 10-Film Collection / Swing Time
1. Credits [1:19]
2. It's Not in the Cards [1:37]
3. No Cuffs [3:18]
4. No Wedding [3:01]
5. Marital Money Matter [3:04]
6. Catching a Train [1:55]
7. Change Exchange [4:08]
8. Interested in the Dance [3:13]
9. Trial Lesson [2:42]
10. Pick Yourself up [7:23]
11. Clothes Unmake the Man [5:04]
12. Picket Line [3:03]
13. The Way You Look Tonight [2:10]
14. Interrupted Music [4:30]
15. Ace of Spades [4:26]
16. Waltz in Swing Time [3:15]
17. On the Safe Side [3:09]
18. Snowy and Secluded [3:27]
19. A Fine Romance [6:17]
20. It's Nice [5:38]
21. Bojangles of Harlem [8:16]
22. Bad Luck of the Draw [4:38]
23. Otherwise Engaged [2:20]
24. Never Gonna Dance [6:03]
25. Goofy Trouble [3:40]
26. Missing Pants [3:39]
27. A Fine Romance [2:04]
Disc #7 -- Astaire and Rogers: 10-Film Collection / Shall We Dance
1. Credits [1:38]
2. The Loves of Petrov [4:57]
3. Too Many Admirers [3:38]
4. Petrov With a Twist [2:20]
5. Stuck on His Idea [2:31]
6. American Boy's Game [3:09]
7. Slap That Bass [5:46]
8. Getting Choppy [4:35]
9. Walking the Dog [3:25]
10. Saving a Trip [1:59]
11. Walking the Dog Reprise [1:36]
12. Beginner's Luck [1:37]
13. Rumor Has It [3:59]
14. Abandon Ship [4:04]
15. Neighbors [4:39]
16. Farewell Dinner [2:48]
17. They All Laughed (Song) [2:03]
18. They All Laughed (Dance) [4:35]
19. Shots in the Dark [2:37]
20. Management's Compliments [2:48]
21. How About Those Pictures? [3:55]
22. Let's Call the Whole Thing off [6:01]
23. Grounds for Divorce [2:39]
24. Lady Denise Arrives [1:53]
25. They Can't Take That Away From Me [3:41]
26. Key to Happiness [3:28]
27. Ladies out the Door [3:28]
28. A Merger [2:28]
29. Cecil's Jail Spell [4:10]
30. Shall We Dance (Ballet) [7:47]
31. Shall We Dance (Song) [3:09]
32. Finale and Cast List [1:09]
Disc #8 -- Astaire and Rogers: 10-Film Collection / Carefree
1. Credits [1:44]
2. Trouble With Amanda [3:56]
3. On the Record [4:18]
4. You Don't Play It [2:48]
5. Since They Turned Loch Lomond Into Swing [2:45]
6. Bikeoanalysis [2:33]
7. Dream-Inducing Dining [4:19]
8. Relax, Cora [1:31]
9. I Used to Be Color Blind [4:21]
10. Marvelous Morning Meal [2:00]
11. Textbook Case [4:54]
12. Acting on Impulse [4:23]
13. Oddly Smashing [2:41]
14. Damage Control [3:44]
15. The Yam [8:00]
16. Amanda's Dilemma [3:45]
17. Hypnotic Suggestion [4:44]
18. Sure Shooting [3:47]
19. Gun Crazy [2:13]
20. Court Order [2:59]
21. Change Partners: Song [4:30]
22. Change Partners: Dance [2:54]
23. Wedding Day Spell [3:26]
24. Cast List [:30]
Disc #9 -- Astaire and Rogers: 10-Film Collection / Vernon and Irene Castle
1. Credits [1:13]
2. Trifling With Miss Ford [4:00]
3. Keen on Dogs [2:54]
4. The Yama Yama Man [4:18]
5. By the Light of the Silvery Moon [3:44]
6. Barbershop Sketch [3:14]
7. Ham With Mustard [1:44]
8. Going for a Spin [3:27]
9. Only When You're in My Arms [5:46]
10. Waiting for the Robert E. Lee [5:54]
11. Advance From the Aubels [4:27]
12. Outrunning the Rent [3:40]
13. Maggie's Offer [5:38]
14. Dance Before Dinner [2:34]
15. Too Much Mustard [2:14]
16. Fame Montage [7:55]
17. One Against an Army [2:43]
18. Hello, Hello, Who's Your Lady Friend [2:12]
19. Enlistment [2:25]
20. Flyboy [1:41]
21. Missouri Waltz [4:00]
22. War Effort [4:04]
23. Imminent Reunion [3:00]
24. Tragedy [3:25]
25. Forever Dancing [2:31]
26. Cast List [3:39]
Disc #10 -- Astaire and Rogers: 10-Film Collection / The Barkleys of Broadway
1. The Swing Trot Credits [2:04]
2. Where Credit Is Due [4:23]
3. Out in the Cold [4:55]
4. Sabre Dance [3:20]
5. Love and Thrown Objects [4:46]
6. You'd Be Hard to Replace [2:06]
7. The Understudy [3:24]
8. Bouncin' the Blues [2:13]
9. Pancake Portrait [3:31]
10. My One and Only Highland Fling [7:41]
11. A Weekend in the Country [2:51]
12. Not Right for the Part [4:49]
13. The Wet and the Unwell [4:45]
14. Battling Barkleys [3:46]
15. Shoes With Wings on [7:52]
16. Completely resistible [2:38]
17. Misunderstood [1:27]
18. Redirected [2:05]
19. Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1 [4:41]
20. They Can't Take That Away From Me [7:36]
21. Thaks for the Dance [5:05]
22. Vive Le Dinah [3:03]
23. Too Late? [5:22]
24. Hold the Phone [2:53]
25. You'd Be Hard to Replace Reprise [3:18]
26. A Little Torture [2:22]
27. Manhattan Downbeat [2:16]
28. Cast List [2:54]
Disc #11 -- Astaire and Rogers: 10-Film Collection / Astaire and Rogers Partners in Rhytnm
1. Introduction
2. Starting out
3. Screen Debuts
4. Flying Down to Rio
5. The Gay Divorcee
6. Roberta
7. Top Hat
8. Follow the Fleet
9. Swing Time
10. Shall We Dance
11. Carefree
12. The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle
13. Time Apart
14. The Barkleys of Broadway
15. End Credits

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