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Director:
Writers:
Howard Lindsay (screen play by) and
Allan Scott (screen play by) ...
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Release Date:
12 October 1936 (Brazil) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A glorious songburst of gaiety and laughter! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Pick yourself up with this fine romance See more (69 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Fred Astaire ... Lucky Garnett

Ginger Rogers ... Penny Carroll
Victor Moore ... Pop Cardetti
Helen Broderick ... Mabel Anderson
Eric Blore ... Gordon

Betty Furness ... Margaret Watson
Georges Metaxa ... Ricky Romero
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Bernard ... Second Stagehand (uncredited)
Harry Bowen ... First Stagehand (uncredited)
Bill Brande ... Dancer (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Dance Extra in 'The Way You Look Tonight' Number (uncredited)
Ralph Byrd ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Martin Cichy ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Thomas A. Curran ... Man in New York Street (uncredited)
Alan Curtis ... Bit (uncredited)
Edgar Dearing ... Policeman (uncredited)
Frank Edmunds ... Dancer (uncredited)
Fern Emmett ... Watsons' Maid (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Dance Extra in 'The Way You Look Tonight' Number (uncredited)
Olin Francis ... Muggsy (uncredited)
Jack Good ... Dancer (uncredited)
Charlie Hall ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Gerald Hamer ... Eric Lacanistram (uncredited)
Frank Hammond ... Train Ticket Seller (uncredited)
John Harrington ... Dice Raymond (uncredited)
Howard C. Hickman ... First Minister (uncredited)
Frank Jenks ... Red - Dancer (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Dancer (uncredited)
Sam Lufkin ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
David Mcdonald ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Roulette Stickman (uncredited)
Ferdinand Munier ... Second Minister (uncredited)
Bob O'Connor ... Henchman (uncredited)
Dennis O'Keefe ... Dance Extra in 'The Way You Look Tonight' Number (uncredited)
Ted O'Shea ... Dancer (uncredited)
Marie Osborne ... Undetermined Role (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Jean Perry ... Roulette Croupier (uncredited)
Joey Ray ... Announcer (uncredited)
Abe Reynolds ... Schmidt - the Tailor (uncredited)
Jack Rice ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Floyd Shackelford ... Romero's Butler (uncredited)
John Shelton ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Landers Stevens ... Judge Watson (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... Diner (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Blanca Vischer ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Pierre Watkin ... Al Simpson (uncredited)

Directed by
George Stevens 
 
Writing credits
Howard Lindsay (screen play by) and
Allan Scott (screen play by)

Erwin S. Gelsey (from a story by) (as Erwin Gelsey)

Ben Holmes  contributing writer (uncredited)
Rian James  contributing writer (uncredited)
Anthony Veiller  contributing writer (uncredited)
Dorothy Yost  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Jerome Kern (music by)
Robert Russell Bennett (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
David Abel (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Henry Berman (edited by)
 
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
 
Costume Design by
Bernard Newman (gowns by)
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Louis Hippe .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Louise Sloane .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
J.R. Crone .... production manager (uncredited)
Fred Fleck .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sydney M. Fogel .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Argyle Nelson .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Carroll Clark .... associate art director
John W. Harkrider .... "Silver Sandal" set by (as John Harkrider)
Darrell Silvera .... set dressing
Harry D'Arcy .... props (uncredited)
Kenneth J. Marstella .... assistant property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
George Marsh .... sound cutter
Hugh McDowell Jr. .... recordist
Eddie Harman .... assistant sound recordist (uncredited)
Clem Portman .... sound recordist (uncredited)
John E. Tribby .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Richard Van Hessen .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... photographic effects by (as Vernon Walker)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Willard Barth .... assistant camera (uncredited)
S.H. Barton .... gaffer (uncredited)
Joseph F. Biroc .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Shorty Burton .... assistant grip (uncredited)
Jim Kirley .... grip (uncredited)
John Miehle .... still photographer (uncredited)
George Neff .... best boy (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Morris West .... assistant grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John W. Harkrider .... costumes: "Bojangles" (as John Harkrider)
Ray Camp .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Edith Clark .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Dorothy Fields .... lyrics by
Nathaniel Shilkret .... musical director
Robert Russell Bennett .... music arranger (uncredited)
Hal Borne .... additional music arranger (uncredited)
Fletcher Henderson .... arranger (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Hermes Pan .... dance director
Ann Coleman .... script clerk (uncredited)
Harry Cornbleth .... stand-in: Fred Astaire (uncredited)
Maurice Elliott .... stand-in (uncredited)
Ben Holmes .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Marie Osborne .... stand-in: Ginger Rogers (uncredited)
Helen Weber .... stand-in (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
103 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:S | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1937) | Portugal:M/6 | South Korea:All | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #2273) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
This was Ginger Rogers' favorite of her films with Fred Astaire.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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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Soundtrack:
A Fine RomanceSee more »

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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Pick yourself up with this fine romance, 1 May 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

Any of the films in which Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers appeared is worth a look. Each one has something that will endear it to the viewer that seeks in their films entertainment, as well as fun. "Swing Time", their 1936 film was directed by George Stevens, a distinguished American director that had a long career in Hollywood. It helps though that Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields worked in writing some of the most beautiful melodies heard in the movie.

"Swing Time" is a pretext to present the stars doing what they did best: dancing! Lucky Garnett is made to be late for his own wedding to the socialite Margaret, who contrary to what one expects is forgiving and accepts her boyfriend's excuses. Garnett has to prove his luck, where else?, but in New York. Accompanied by Pop Cardette, they embark in an adventure to try to raise cash and fulfill his promise to Margaret's father.

Fate intervenes in the person of the beautiful Penny. She's a dancing instructor who we first see being cheated out of a quarter by Pop and Lucky. Later they follow her to the studio where Lucky goes to receive a dancing lesson! We know what comes after that. Penny and Lucky were made for one another and it will take the rest of the movie for they to realize this fact and for us to watch some amazing production numbers.

The funniest sequence has to be when Lucky, Penny, Pop and Mabel decide to take a ride to the New Amsterdam resort during a snow storm in a convertible! Not only that, but when they arrive at the inn, finding it closed, they decide to get out and walk in the thick snow without any galoshes! Oh well! The songs one hears in the film are classic standards.

"A Fine Romance", "Pick Yourself Up", "The Way You Look Tonight", "Never Gonna Dance", and others are given excellent treatment. The two excellent musical numbers, "Bojangles' Harlem" and "Swing Time Waltz", show the talent of Mr. Astaire, in the first one, and of Ms. Rogers and Mr. Astaire in the second.

Fred Astaire is always good doing no matter what he does in this film. Ginger Rogers is also appealing as the object of Mr. Astaire's attentions. Victor Moore as Pop, is not as funny as perhaps the film makers wanted him to be, but Helen Broderick, as Mabel was excellent. Eric Blore, Betty Furness and Georges Metaxa and the rest of the cast do their best to support the principals.

This film is a joy to watch thanks to Mr. Astaire and Ms. Rogers under Mr. Stevens' direction.

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