Astaire and Rogers - The Complete Film Collection

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Special Features

New documentary profile Astaire and Rogers Partners in Rhythm; 10-song Astaire/Rogers CD with songs from the original soundtracks; Collectible behind-the-scenes photo cards; Replicas of original Roberta and Shall We Dance premiere program books; Mail-in-offer for 4 full-size reproductions of original Astaire/Rogers movie posters
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Editorial Reviews

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 triumphant box set. Remastered for high definition and outfitted with terrific supplemental features, these five movies represent the cream of the Astaire-Rogers crop. 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. 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.
Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
While Volume 1 in The Astaire & Rogers Collection features the best-known films of this phenomenally popular 1930s screen duo, Volume 2 showcases Fred and Ginger in five more eminently entertaining musical comedies, each boasting top-drawer production values, excellent casts, and hit songs by some of America’s greatest popular composers. 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.” 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. Astaire and Rogers would reunite at M-G-M in 1949 for The Barkleys of Broadway, but it’s their glorious run at RKO that ensured Hollywood immortality for the incomparable team.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/2006
  • UPC: 012569829459
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Mixed Media Set
  • Language: English
  • Time: 16:48:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fred Astaire Primary Artist
Ginger Rogers Primary Artist
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Astaire and Rogers: 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: 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 Touch 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. Yesterdays [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 Sophie 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 #3 -- Astaire and Rogers: The 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 [3:20]
19. Glad But Unstable [4:22]
20. Who's That Man? [6:49]
21. The Continental: Song [5:13]
22. The Continental: Dance [2:51]
23. The Continental: Ensemble [7:39]
24. The Continental: Finale [1:48]
25. Igneous Intrusion [4:26]
26. From Mr. Glossop... [4:09]
27. ...to Prof. Brown [1:46]
28. Dancing Departure [1:27]
29. Cast List [:40]
Disc #4 -- Astaire and Rogers: Top Hat
1. Credits [1:34]
2. Silence [3:36]
3. We Are at 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: 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 Manaeuver [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 Partners [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: 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. Back 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: 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: 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: The Story of 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 [4:55]
18. Hello, Hello, Who's Your Lady Friend [2:25]
19. Enlistment [1:41]
20. Flyboy [4:00]
21. Missouri Waltz [4:04]
22. War Effort [3:00]
23. Imminent Reunion [3:25]
24. Tragedy [2:31]
25. Forever Dancing [3:39]
26. Cast List [:44]
Disc #10 -- Astaire and Rogers: The Barkleys of Broadway
1. Chapter 1 [2:04]
2. Chapter 2 [4:23]
3. Chapter 3 [4:55]
4. Chapter 4 [3:20]
5. Chapter 5 [4:46]
6. Chapter 6 [2:06]
7. Chapter 7 [3:24]
8. Chapter 8 [2:13]
9. Chapter 9 [3:31]
10. Chapter 10 [7:41]
11. Chapter 11 [2:51]
12. Chapter 12 [4:49]
13. Chapter 13 [4:45]
14. Chapter 14 [3:46]
15. Chapter 15 [7:52]
16. Chapter 16 [2:38]
17. Chapter 17 [3:32]
18. Chapter 19 [4:41]
19. Chapter 20 [7:36]
20. Chapter 21 [5:05]
21. Chapter 22 [3:03]
22. Chapter 23 [5:22]
23. Chapter 24 [2:53]
24. Chapter 25 [3:18]
25. Chapter 26 [2:22]
26. Chapter 27 [2:16]
27. Chapter 28 [2:54]
28. Chapter 29 [:29]
Disc #11 -- Astaire and Rogers: Partners in Rhythm
1. Introduction [2:25]
2. Starting Out [5:13]
3. Screen Debuts [4:41]
4. Flying Down to Rio [6:01]
5. The Gay Divorcee [7:10]
6. Roberta [3:52]
7. Top Hat [8:37]
8. Follow the Fleet [4:10]
9. Swing Time [3:25]
10. Shall We Dance [8:16]
11. Carefree [3:59]
12. The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle [4:56]
13. Time Apart [6:50]
14. The Barkleys of Broadway [5:19]
15. End Credits [1:03]
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Disc #1 -- Astaire and Rogers: Flying Down to Rio
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   Features
      Beer and Pretzels
      I Like Mountain Music
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Subtitles: English
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Disc #2 -- Astaire and Rogers: Roberta
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   Special Features
      Starlit Days at the Lido
      The Calico Dragon
      Hollywood on the Air Radio Promo
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
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Disc #3 -- Astaire and Rogers: The Gay Divorce
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      Show Kids
      Star Night at the Cocoanut Grove
      Shake Your Powder Puff
      Hollywood on the Air Radio Promo
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
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Disc #4 -- Astaire and Rogers: Top Hat
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   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Commentary by Ava Astaire McKenzie and Larry Billman
      On Top: Inside the Success of Top Hat
      Watch the Birdie
      Page Miss Glory
      Theatical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
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Disc #5 -- Astaire and Rogers: Follow the Fleet
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   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Follow the Fleet: The Origins of Those Dancing Feet
      Melody Master: Jimmie Lunceford and His Dance Orchestra
      Let It Be Me
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Subtitles: English
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Disc #6 -- Astaire and Rogers: Swing Time
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   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Commentary by John Mueller
      The Swing of Things: "Swing Time" Step by Step
      Hotel á la Swing
      Bingo Crosbyana
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Subtitles: English
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Disc #7 -- Astaire and Rogers: Shall We Dance
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   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Commentary by Kevin Cole and Hugh Martin
      The Music of Shall We Dance
      Sheik to Sheik
      Toy Town Hall
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Subtitles: English
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Disc #8 -- Astaire and Rogers: Carefree
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   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Public Jitterbug No. 1
      September in the Rain
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      Spoken Languages: English
      Subtitles: English
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Disc #9 -- Astaire and Rogers: The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle
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   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Happily Buried
      Puss Gets the Boot
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      Subtitles: English
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Disc #10 -- Astaire and Rogers: The Barkleys of Broadway
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   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Reunited: Astaire and Rogers Together Again
      Annie Was a Wonder
      Wags to Riches
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Subtitles: English
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Disc #11 -- Astaire and Rogers: Partners in Rhythm
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Definitive Astaire/Rogers

    I could not wait to get my hands on this collection to examine each and every one to my heart's content. I was not disappointed. Though light on plot line, the sheer beauty of watching this magic duo do what they do best ~~ dance ~~is well worth the price. Even in black and white their magic is unmistakeable. I highly recommend it to anyone who cares to enjoy the indescrible magic these two performers brought together at a time when it was so sorely needed by the public as a welcomed form of escapism.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Astaire and Rogers - The Complete Film Collection

    No matter what age you are this collection is testimony to the fact that 61 years after their last movie together, The Barkley's of Broadway, no dancer(s) can come close to them. The names Astaire & Rogers, or Fred & Ginger, are used as superlatives to this day as being the creme de la creme! View any of the movies in this collection and you will understand why they cannot be topped. The movies are as crystal clear as when they were first shown. The chemistry between Fred & Ginger is electric. Ginger Rogers wasn't the most technical or even the best of dancers but compare her to any of Fred's other dance partners and you will ascertain, there is no comparison. Marvelous collection!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movies - wonderful dancing and songs - MISSING 5 discs from the box set when it arrived. These included Top Hat and Swing Time my favourites.

    The films are absolutely wonderful. Terrific dancing and singing and lots of fun with the regular offsiders. Good clean soundtrack and image. However FIVE discs were missing when the box arrived. I have written to B&N to get them sent. Fingers crossed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classics

    If you are a Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers fan, you have to love this DVD collection. And even if you haven't always been a big fan, you will love these movies. They are classics! Lots of fun and entertainment for the whole family. And you don't have to worry about bad language for the kids.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Check your contents when ordering big DVD collections!

    I purchased this 12 disk collection as a gift. Unfortunately, when the gift was unwrapped, we only found 6 of 12 disks.
    I'm trying to get this product exchanged for the complete set!
    In other words, always check contents of your collections expecially when multiple items are supposed to be included.
    The movies are great...I just need to get them all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic pop music and dancing

    I bought these for my wife. I knew we'd watch them together, and I didn't expect to like these very much. However, I found the movies charming and highly entertaining. The plots are a little thin, if not outright ridiculous; but the interaction of Fred and Ginger is quite appealing. The supporting characters who carry over from one movie to another and the humor they bring to the movies is also quite nice. But the core of these movies is the music and dance, and that's as good as it gets. Music by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields, Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin is as good as pop music gets. Fred and Ginger dancing together are magic, whether romantic, high-energy or just for fun novelty numbers.

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    Posted June 8, 2010

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