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Swing Time (1936)

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

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Lucky Garnett
... Penny Carroll
... Pop Cardetti
... Mabel Anderson
... Gordon
... Margaret Watson
Georges Metaxa ... Ricky Romero
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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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Singing! Dancing! Romancing! See more »


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I Won't Dance  »

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$886,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The actual inspiration for "Bojangles of Harlem" was the RKO musical, Hooray for Love (1935). See more »

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During the shadow dance, the shadow behind Lucky is visible through him. 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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Referenced in Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Not in the Cards
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Jerome Kern
Written for the movie and filmed, but cut from the final print; some of the music remains in the score
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Another Delightful and Naive Romance of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire
11 November 2011 | by See all my reviews

The dancer and gambler Lucky Garnett (Fred Astaire) misses his wedding with Margaret Watson (Betty Furness) due to a prank of the other performers and his future father-in-law calls off the ceremony. When Lucky arrives at his fiancée's home, he promises to make US$ 25,000.00 to be allowed to marry her.

Lucky travels to New York by train with his friend and magician Pop Cardetti (Victor Moore) and he stumbles with the dance instructor Penny Carroll (Ginger Rogers) on the streets of the big city. He follows her to the dance academy and they team-up in the end. When they are ready to dance together in an elegant club, Penny's former affair and conductor of the orchestra Ricky Romero (Georges Metaxa) refuses to play for them.

Meanwhile Lucky wins lots of money gambling and Penny falls in love with him. Lucky decides to stop gambling in order to NOT raise US$ 25,000.00. But when Margaret arrives in the club to see his show, Lucky has to take a decision about his previous commitment with Margaret and his true love with Penny.

"Swing Time" is another delightful and naive romance of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. The story is very funny specially the scenes where the clumsy Pop participates and this is the first time that I see Ginger Rogers' character chasing Fred Astaire's one. As usual, there are wonderful dance numbers with this charming couple. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Ritmo Louco" ("Crazy Rhythm")


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