Astaire & Rogers Collection - Volume 2

Astaire & Rogers Collection - Volume 2

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Director: H.C. Potter, Mark Sandrich, Thornton Freeland

Cast: Fred Astaire, H.C. Potter, Mark Sandrich, Thornton Freeland

     
 
It's more Ginger Rogers than Fred Astaire, and more comedy than singing and dancing in Carefree, an Astaire-Rogers entry into the screwball comedy sweepstakes which features a top-of-the-line Irving Berlin score ("Change Partners," "I Used to be Color Blind," "The Night

Overview

It's more Ginger Rogers than Fred Astaire, and more comedy than singing and dancing in Carefree, an Astaire-Rogers entry into the screwball comedy sweepstakes which features a top-of-the-line Irving Berlin score ("Change Partners," "I Used to be Color Blind," "The Night is Filled with Music"). Fred Astaire plays Dr. Tony Flagg, a psychiatrist, who enters the psyche of Amanda Cooper (Ginger Rogers), a radio singer whom Tony's friend Stephen Arden (Ralph Bellamy) takes to see him. It seems Arden thinks that Amanda needs psychiatric help since she can't reach a decision regarding Stephen's proposal of marriage to her. As Tony explores her subconscious dream life, she falls in love with him. Tony feels that her love is temporary -- merely a sign of transference. To channel her love in the right direction, Tony hypnotizes her to believe that she is in love with Stephen. But then things become more complicated when Tony comes to realize that he, in fact, is in love with Amanda himself. He now has to figure out a way to bring her out of her hypnosis and get her back to normal so that they can both fall into the clinch.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/24/2006
UPC:
0012569764385
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video

Special Features

Encore extras!; Vintage cartoon and comedy/novelty shorts - each from the year of the movie!

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fred Astaire Actor,Guy Holden,Tony Flagg,Vernon Castle,Huck Haines,Fred Ayres
Dolores Del Rio Belinha de Rezende
Ginger Rogers Actress,Amanda Cooper,Irene Castle,Mimi Glossop,Countess Scharwenka,Honey Hale,Lizzie Gatz
Irene Dunne Stephanie
Gene Raymond Roger Bond
Alice Brady Aunt Hortense
Edna May Oliver Maggie Sutton
Ralph Bellamy Stephen Arden
Raul Roulien Julio Rubeiro
Edward Everett Horton Egbert Fitzgerald
Luella Gear Aunt Cora
Walter Brennan Walter Ash
Erik Rhodes Rodolfo Tonetti
Jack Carson Connors
Lew Fields Himself
Randolph Scott John Kent
Helen Westley Roberta (Aunt Minnie)

Technical Credits
H.C. Potter Director
Mark Sandrich Director
Thornton Freeland Director
William Seiter Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- 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 #2 -- "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 #3 -- 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 #4 -- The Gay Divorcee
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 Distress [6:49]
5. A Needle in the 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 #5 -- 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 [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]

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Astaire & Rogers Collection - Volume 2 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
luv2readnv More than 1 year ago
This is for you if you are a fan of great classic musicals with Fred and Ginger. Some of their best moments in dance (including the first - FLYING DOWN TO RIO) as well as classic music by Cole Porter and others. Of course there are the great cast of supporting characters, ie: Eric Blore, Everett Everett Horton, and many others. Great dancing, fabulous music and fun!! ENJOY