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Swing Time (1936)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 12 October 1936 (Brazil)
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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.

Director:

George Stevens

Writers:

Howard Lindsay (screen play), Allan Scott (screen play) | 1 more credit »
Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
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 Georges Metaxa ... Ricky Romero
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Storyline

Lucky is tricked into missing his wedding to Margaret by the other members of Pop's magic and dance act, and has to make $25000 to be allowed to marry her. He and Pop go to New York where they run into Penny, a dancing instructor. She and Lucky form a successful dance partnership, but romance is blighted (till the end of the film at least!) by his old attachment to Margaret and hers for Ricardo, the band leader who won't play for them to dance together. Written by Sebastian Gibbs <sjg94@aber.ac.uk>

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America's dazzling dancing stars explode in a glorious songburst of gayety and gladness! See more »


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Trivia

The climax of "Never Gonna Dance" took 47 takes in a single day and required many demanding spins of Ginger Rogers; her feet bled. See more »

Goofs

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

Mabel Anderson: [Mable thinks she's talking to Pop and turns to a young lady sitting at one of the tables] Oh, listen girlie! Don't worry about me. I always talk to myself... you see, I'm my own grandmother and I have to keep the old girl interested!
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Referenced in George Stevens: D-Day to Berlin (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

The Way You Look Tonight
(1936) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Music by Jerome Kern
Performed by Fred Astaire
Reprised by Georges Metaxa
Reprised again by Georges Metaxa, Helen Broderick, Victor Moore, Fred Astaire, and Ginger Rogers at the end
Played in the score often
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48 takes?!! Jeez!!
8 December 2004 | by movibuf1962See all my reviews

This was, in many ways, the zenith of the Astaire-Rogers 10-film saga. And it manages to reveal a perfectly cohesive story (as well as a marvelous musical score) without one frame of mistaken identity or a misunderstanding which takes an hour-and-a-half to resolve. (Spoiler-ish) Astaire is initially betrothed to society girl Furness, but goes out into the world to raise a wedding dowry and ends up meeting, dancing with, and falling in love with Rogers instead. (If it reads like it all happens too fast, by all means acquaint yourself with the rest of the A-R film series.) The plots ultimately didn't matter- only the duo's ravishing dance duets, which were their love scenes. Probably no more thrilling dances have ever been presented on film: the tap routine "Pick Yourself Up" which first introduces the couple to each other; the 'lovely Waltz in Swing Time' (a happy duet which sort of marks the Act 1 finale); and the dramatic "Never Gonna Dance." This number is stunning for two reasons: it's a dance of a break-up, and it's the dance which may have been their most difficult to film. Because Astaire's mantra was uncut (or nearly uncut) dance numbers, his duets with Rogers were usually all done in one unbroken camera shot. In "Never Gonna Dance," the action travels from one dance floor up two curved staircases to another, cutting only one time, to a final 2-shot showing Rogers gloriously spinning in and out of Astaire's arms several times before making a dramatic exit. The shoot, history says, lasted from mid-morning until about 4 a.m. THE NEXT DAY, as take after take of the dance was spoiled with one problem after another (cameras bumping into walls, lights crashing, Astaire's toupee flying off his head!). Eventually, Rogers' feet bled into her high heels, but neither she nor Astaire wanted to stop until they got it right- and they finally did on take number FORTY-EIGHT. Now that's entertainment.


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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

12 October 1936 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

I Won't Dance See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$886,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,961
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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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