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Swing Time (1936)

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A performer and gambler travels to New York City to raise the $25,000 he needs to marry his fiancée, only to become entangled with a beautiful aspiring dancer.

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Lucky is tricked into missing his wedding to Margaret by the other members of Pop's magic and dance act, and has to make $25000 to be allowed to marry her. He and Pop go to New York where they run into Penny, a dancing instructor. She and Lucky form a successful dance partnership, but romance is blighted (till the end of the film at least!) by his old attachment to Margaret and hers for Ricardo, the band leader who won't play for them to dance together. Written by Sebastian Gibbs <sjg94@aber.ac.uk>

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dance | gambler | gambling | love | wedding | See more »

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A glorious songburst of gaiety and laughter! See more »


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12 October 1936 (Brazil)  »

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I Won't Dance  »

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$886,000 (estimated)
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The climax of "Never Gonna Dance" took 47 takes in a single day and required many demanding spins of Ginger Rogers; her feet bled. See more »

Goofs

In the scene at the New Amsterdam, when Lucky first gets out of the car, there is a large white mark on the seat of his coat. This is possibly because no-one brushed off his coat after a previous take of the same scene, in which he sits down on a "snow" covered bench. See more »

Quotes

Mabel Anderson: Beautiful, isn't it?
Everett 'Pop' Cardetti: What is?
Mabel Anderson: The music.
Everett 'Pop' Cardetti: What music?
Mabel Anderson: The music they're playing.
Everett 'Pop' Cardetti: Oh, yeah.
[pause]
Everett 'Pop' Cardetti: What made you think of it?
Mabel Anderson: Think of what?
Everett 'Pop' Cardetti: The music.
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Featured in Fred Astaire: Puttin' on His Top Hat (1980) See more »

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Never Gonna Dance
(1936) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Music by Jerome Kern
Sung by Fred Astaire who danced with Ginger Rogers
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heavenly dancing, heavenly music, heavenly partnership
31 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There's something special about all of the Astaire-Rogers movies, and "Swing Time" is no exception. Directed by George Stevens, it tells the story of a dancer and a gambler - not seen as much of a catch by his future father-in-law - who, after he misses his wedding, goes to New York. He promises his fiancée's father that he will return, solvent, and ask again for his daughter's hand in marriage. Once in New York, he falls for Ginger Rogers, who was never prettier than in this film. One thing leads to another, and the wind up as dance partners.

Eric Blore, Helen Broderick, and Victor Moore supply able support, and the film has a beautiful Jerome Kern score: "Pick Yourself Up," "The Way You Look Tonight," and "A Fine Romance" being a few of the numbers.

There are two knockout pieces in this film - Astaire's tribute to Bill "Bojangles" Robinson is one of the most stunning numbers Astaire ever did. He manages to wear blackface and not have it be offensive, as it's very light makeup to suggest his portrayal of Robinson. The number, with its accompanying huge dancing shadows, is magnificent. And the final number - "Never Gonna Dance" surely is one of their top dances ever, with that incredible deco set, the double curving stairways, and Ginger in that glorious dress.

It's hard to sum up how their dancing lifts you up and out of whatever ails you. Definitely their smoothness, footwork, chemistry, and glamor reach out to my soul every time I see them.


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