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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 »
User Reviews:
heavenly dancing, heavenly music, heavenly partnership See more (67 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)
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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
 
Original Music by
Jerome Kern 
Robert Russell Bennett (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
David Abel (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Henry Berman 
 
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 .... lyricist
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:
Fred Astaire always insisted that his dance routines be filmed in one continuous camera shot, showing the dancer(s) from head to foot. However, in the "Never Gonna Dance" number, there is an obvious moment when Astaire and Rogers reach the tops of their respective winding staircases that the camera shot changes quickly to reflect the fact that the filming camera had to be brought upstairs to shoot the close-up finale of the dance number.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Penny Carrol's things fall on the ground, Pop Cadetti takes her purse and introduces his left hand in it to pick up back the Lucky Garnett's quarter. But after the cut, he holds the quarter in his right hand.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:
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21 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
heavenly dancing, heavenly music, heavenly partnership, 31 December 2005
Author: blanche-2 from United States

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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