Swing Time

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"A glorious songburst of gaiety and laughter!"
  • Passed
  • 1936
  • 1 hr 44 min
  • 7.5  (14,539)
  • 91

Swing Time, a 1936 American musical comedy film, directed by George Stevens, and produced by Pandro S. Berman. It stars Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, marking their sixth film together, with supporting roles by Helen Broderick, Victor Moore, and Eric Blore. The plot of Swing Time begins with John "Lucky" Garnett (Fred Astaire), a professional dancer who is preparing for his wedding, but his friends and his fiancée's father persuade him to go to New York the day before the wedding to earn $25,000 to help his future father-in-law's business. When Lucky arrives in New York City, he meets Penny Carroll (Ginger Rogers), a dancing instructor, who mistakenly believes that he is a talent scout sent to hire her. Lucky and Penny team up together to impress the real talent scout, to get hired for the dance job.

The movie features several outstanding musical numbers, including "The Way You Look Tonight," which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song, and for which Astaire and Rogers are particularly famous. Other notable scenes include Astaire's solo performance of "Bojangles of Harlem," a tribute to early-20th-century vaudevillian Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, and "Never Gonna Dance," a romantic ballad performed by Astaire and Rogers.

The chemistry between Astaire and Rogers is undeniable, as they bring their signature elegance and grace to their duets, including the "Pick Yourself Up" routine, and the climactic "Swing Time" number. Their partnership in Swing Time is regarded by many as a high point in Hollywood musicals.

The film's supporting cast members are noteworthy too. Victor Moore, who plays Lucky's sidekick, provides comic relief throughout the movie with his hilarious antics. Helen Broderick, as Penny's friend, is a strong presence with her quick wit and motherly concern for Penny.

Swing Time is also noteworthy for its lush, glamorous art direction, with beautiful sets and costumes worthy of a big-budget Hollywood production. The film's choreography is also exquisite, with Astaire's dazzling footwork and Rogers' graceful turns enhancing every scene.

Overall, Swing Time is a classic Hollywood musical that continues to impress with its stunning performances, dazzling choreography, and unforgettable songs.

Swing Time is a 1936 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 44 minutes. It has received poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.5 and a MetaScore of 91.

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