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Jed Potter looks back on a love triangle conducted over the course of years and between musical numbers. Dancer Jed loves showgirl Mary, who loves compulsive nightclub-opener Johnny, who can't stay committed to anything in life for very long. Written by
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Irving Berlin's 'Puttin' on the Ritz' was written in 1929, and includes the name of 'Gary Cooper', a high ranking and popular newcomer, in the lyrics, but in this film it is supposedly performed in the early 1920s, several years before it was actually written, at which time Cooper was unknown, but the lyrics remain the same. See more »
In the opening tilt pan shot of Rockefeller Center, the waterfalls are clearly in reverse. See more »
Fred Astaire's dancing and Bing Crosby's singing: wow, not a bad combination! As good as Bing's voice was, I preferred seeing Fred dance so the picture is only so-so for me. Either way, you'd think with these two stars, this musical would be tremendous, but it isn't.
Astaire has three of his four dance numbers in the first half of the movie. One of them, "Puttin' On The Ritz," is one of the most impressive performances, if not THE best, he's ever done. It is absolutely spectacular. The movie is worth seeing for that performance alone. For the next hour, there is a romance gone sour and Crosby's crooning (some good songs, some bad).
The film's intent was to pay tribute to Irving Berlin and all the music he gave us, and it succeeds on that level. There are nothing but nice people in the movie and tons of music.....but the whole thing lacks something.
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