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Ballet star Pete "Petrov" Peters arranges to cross the Atlantic aboard the same ship as the dancer he's fallen for but barely knows, musical star Linda Keene. By the time the ocean liner reaches New York, a little white lie has churned through the rumor mill and turned into a hot gossip item: that the two celebrities are secretly married. Written by
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The magic is still there but the plot is thinner than ever...
The plot is a silly one that has Astaire as Petrov, ballet dancer, chasing a musical comedy star, Ginger Rogers, across the ocean with the usual amount of misunderstandings that keep them apart until the finale. But, as with all FRED ASTAIRE and GINGER ROGERS films, it's the music that counts--and the dance numbers.
Fred has an amazing "Slap That Bass" number aboard ship, one of his best solo jobs, but there are only a few other gems in the Gershwin score, like "They Can't Take That Away From Me", "They All Laughed at Christopher Columbus" and "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off." Somehow, they don't get the treatment they deserve but all have become popular standards.
Although the songs are pleasant enough, they're not among Gershwin's best--and the plot is so flimsy it's almost non-existent, something about Astaire and Rogers being mistaken for a married couple.
Fans of the dancing stars will love it and others may find it just slightly less entertaining than some of the other Astaire/Rogers films.
The supporting roles are in the capable hands of ERIC BLORE, EDWARD EVERETT HORTON and JEROME COWAN, but they've all been seen to better advantage in other screwball comedies. Mark Sandrich directed in his usual fast paced style, but I couldn't help noticing that Ginger seemed a little bored with her character.
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