Swing Time

Swing Time

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Director: George Stevens, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Victor Moore

Cast: George Stevens, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Victor Moore

     
 
The sixth of RKO's Fred Astaire -Ginger Rogers pairings of the 1930s, Swing Time starts off with bandleader Astaire getting cold feet on his wedding day. Astaire's bride-to-be Betty Furness will give him a second chance, providing he proves himself responsible enough to earn $25,000. Astaire naturally tries to avoid earning that amount once he falls in love

Overview

The sixth of RKO's Fred Astaire -Ginger Rogers pairings of the 1930s, Swing Time starts off with bandleader Astaire getting cold feet on his wedding day. Astaire's bride-to-be Betty Furness will give him a second chance, providing he proves himself responsible enough to earn $25,000. Astaire naturally tries to avoid earning that amount once he falls in love with dance instructor Ginger Rogers. Numerous complications ensue, leading to the "second time's the charm" climax, with Ginger escaping her own wedding to wealthy Georges Metaxa in order to be reunited with Astaire. The film's most indelible image is that of Fred Astaire, immaculately attired in top hat and tails, hopping a freight car--a perfect encapsulation of the film's Depression-era cheekiness. The Jerome Kern-Dorothy Fields score includes such standards-to-be as "Pick Yourself Up," "A Fine Romance," "The Way You Look Tonight," "Never Gonna Dance" and "Bojangles of Harlem." The peerless supporting cast of Swing Time includes Helen Broderick, Victor Moore, Eric Blore, and Landers Stevens, the actor-father of the film's director, George Stevens.

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All Movie Guide
Perhaps the perfect example of the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers appeal, Swing Time is a charming romantic-fantasy that's almost impossible to resist when its musical set pieces are in motion. The plot, however minimal, only distracts from the classic melodies and entertaining dance sequences. Directed by the venerable George Stevens, Swing Time was the fifth Astaire-Rogers film, and came out during the peak of their popularity; it's of a piece with the duo's other successes, and in fact markedly resembles their earlier hit, 1935's Top Hat. Perhaps the most cherished dance number is "Bojangles of Harlem," during which Astaire dances with shadows and pays tribute to famous dancer Bill Robinson. The stellar score also includes "The Way You Look Tonight" and "A Fine Romance.""

Product Details

Release Date:
08/16/2005
UPC:
0053939657128
Original Release:
1936
Rating:
NR
Source:
Turner Home Ent
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
2:20:00
Sales rank:
3,939

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by John Mueller, author of Astaire Dancing; New featurette "The Swing of Things: Swing Time Step by Step"; Musical short "Hotel a la Swing"; Classic cartoon "Bingo Crosbyana"; Theatrical trailer; English, French and Spanish subtitles

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fred Astaire John "Lucky" Garnett
Ginger Rogers Penelope "Penny" Carrol
Victor Moore Pop
Helen Broderick Mabel Anderson
Eric Blore Mr. Gordon
Betty Furness Margaret Watson
George Metaxa Ricardo Romero
Landers Stevens Judge Watson
John Harrington Dice Raymond
Pierre Watkin Al Simpson
Abe Reynolds Tailor
Gerald Hamer Eric Facannistrom
Harry Bowen first stage hand
Harry Bernard Stagehand
Frank Jenks Red
Jack Good dancer
Donald Kerr dancer
Ted O'Shea dancer
Ralph Byrd Hotel Clerk
Charlie Hall Taxi Driver
Jean Perry Roulette Dealer
Olin Francis Tough Mug
Floyd Shackelford Romero's Butler
Joey Ray Announcer
Ralph Brooks Dance Extra
Edgar Dearing Policeman
Fern Emmett Maid
Bess Flowers Actor
Howard Hickman 1st Minister
Frank Mills Croupier
Ferdinand Minuer 2nd Minister
Dennis O'Keefe Actor
Baby Marie Osborne Actor
Jack Rice Wedding Guest
Dale Van Sickel Diner
Sailor Vincent Actor
Blanca Vischer Actor

Technical Credits
George Stevens Director
Dave Abel Cinematographer
Henry Berman Editor
Pandro S. Berman Producer
Mel Burns Makeup
Carroll Clark Art Director
Dorothy Fields Score Composer
Erwin S. Gelsey Original Story
John W. Harkrider Costumes/Costume Designer
Jerome Kern Score Composer
Howard Lindsay Screenwriter
Bernard Newman Costumes/Costume Designer
Hermes Pan Choreography
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Allan Scott Screenwriter
Nathaniel Shilkret Musical Direction/Supervision
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Vernon Walker Special Effects

Scene Index

Side #1 --
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. Interupted 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]

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Swing Time 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Among the best musical films made.
Guest More than 1 year ago
''Swing Time'' is often quoted as being the best of the Astaire-Rogers films. While I didn't quite like it at first, it is now one of my favorites. It has some very good dance numbers - ''Pick Yourself Up'' (one of their best,) and ''Never Gonna Dance'' (which took 350 hours of rehearsal and 48 takes!) Fred Astaire plays the gambler, Lucky Garnett, who manages to lose his fiancee on their wedding day. He had been engaged in a game with his friends and completely forgot about the wedding. When he finally does show up, the fiancee's father says he'll only let Lucky marry her if he can come up with $25,000. Lucky travels to New York City to earn the money, only to fall in love with dancing-instructor Penny Caroll (played by Ginger Rogers.) The wonderful plot, dancing, and acting, make ''Swing Time'' a very enjoyable watch!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite movie! It's the movie that created my love for old movies