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Swing Time -- Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers sweep the floor again in this Oscar-winning romantic musical comedy about a dancer who tries to make it big in order to prove himself worthy of his fiancée.

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Director:
Writers:
Howard Lindsay (screen play) and
Allan Scott (screen play) ...
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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 »
NewsDesk:
(39 articles)
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User Reviews:
Easy to see why it was Ginger's personal favorite... See more (77 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:
William Bailey ... Roulette Player (uncredited)
Harry Bernard ... Second Stagehand (uncredited)
Harry Bowen ... First Stagehand (uncredited)
Bill Brande ... Dancer (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Dancer in 'The Way You Look Tonight' Number (uncredited)

Ralph Byrd ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Nightclub Diner (uncredited)
Martin Cichy ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Thomas A. Curran ... Man in New York Street (uncredited)

Alan Curtis ... Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
Edgar Dearing ... Policeman (uncredited)
Frank Edmunds ... Dancer (uncredited)
Fern Emmett ... Watsons' Maid (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Dancer in 'The Way You Look Tonight' Number (uncredited)
Olin Francis ... Muggsy (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Bartender (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)
Jean Joyce ... Dancer (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Passerby (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Dancer (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Nightclub Diner (uncredited)
Sam Lufkin ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
David Mcdonald ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Roulette Stickman (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Nightclub Diner (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Roulette Player (uncredited)
Ferdinand Munier ... Second Minister (uncredited)
Bob O'Connor ... Henchman (uncredited)

Dennis O'Keefe ... Dancer 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)
Ronald R. Rondell ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Floyd Shackelford ... Romero's Butler (uncredited)
John Shelton ... Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
Phillips Smalley ... Minor 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) and
Allan Scott (screen play)

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 
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)
 
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 dresser
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 (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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #2273) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
The actual inspiration for "Bojangles of Harlem" was the RKO musical, Hooray for Love (1935).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Penny Carrol's things fall on the ground, Pop Cadetti takes her purse and introduces his left hand into it to grab Lucky Garnett's quarter. But after the cut, he holds the quarter in his right hand.See more »
Quotes:
Everett 'Pop' Cardetti:Lucky, please don't feel bad. You still got me. Course I ain't a young and pretty girl. I ain't even a girl, but I'll stick. I'll never leave you.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Tokyo rapusodei (1936)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)See more »

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27 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Easy to see why it was Ginger's personal favorite..., 30 April 2005
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

SWING TIME just misses being the best of all the Astaire-Rogers musicals because of one factor--too much Victor Moore and too little Eric Blore. I tend to favor TOP HAT as their best collaboration because among the supporting players in that one was Edward Everett Horton and, of course, the Irving Berlin tunes were great.

This time, in SWING TIME, we're at least spared the mistaken identity theme which ran through so many Astaire-Rogers plots. It's a simple boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy wins girl sort of thing without wearing the patience thin and sprinkling some nice Gershwin tunes throughout.

My own favorites are "A Fine Romance", staged among the snowflakes in a country setting, and "Never Gonna Dance" which is the most dramatic of the duo's dancing numbers and takes place in an art deco setting that is strikingly photographed in great B&W photography.

Ginger's eye make-up looks a little heavy but she's pretty as a picture as the dancing instructor Eric Blore almost fires. Fred Astaire not only acquits himself with finesse on the dance floor but in the acting department as well.

Victor Moore soon gets tiresome (in a way that Edward Everett Horton did not). The plot is paper thin and Betty Furness has next to nothing to do--but in this kind of film, all fans really wanted was to watch Astaire and Rogers glide across the dance floor in intricate style--and this they do.

Ginger Rogers was told that SWING TIME did even better business at Radio City Music Hall than TOP HAT--and has declared that among all her films with Astaire, this is her own personal favorite. It's easy to see why. Her big dance numbers with Astaire were filmed in one long, unbroken take--but since she complained of bleeding in her dance shoes you have to wonder how many takes it took to get the perfection seen here.

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