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Carefree (1938)

A psychiatrist agrees to hypnotize his friend's girlfriend in order to convince her to accept his proposals of marriage, but she ends up falling for the psychiatrist instead.

Director:

Mark Sandrich

Writers:

Allan Scott (screen play), Ernest Pagano (screen play) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred Astaire ... Tony Flagg
Ginger Rogers ... Amanda Cooper
Ralph Bellamy ... Stephen Arden
Luella Gear Luella Gear ... Aunt Cora
Jack Carson ... Connors
Clarence Kolb ... Judge Travers
Franklin Pangborn ... Roland Hunter
Walter Kingsford ... Dr. Powers
Kay Sutton ... Miss Adams
The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir ... (as Robert B. Mitchell and his St. Brendan's Boys)
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Storyline

Dr. Tony Flagg's friend, Steven, has problems in the relationship with his fiancee, Amanda, so he persuades her to visit Dr. Flagg. After some minor misunderstandings, she falls in love with Dr. Flagg. When he tries to use hypnosis to strengthen her feelings for Steven, things get complicated. Written by <lora5588@hotmail.com>

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amanda See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,253,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Irving Berlin's "The Night Is Filled With Music" was not filmed but instead played as background music in the release print. See more »

Goofs

At breakfast after the dream sequence, the position of Amanda's hand holding the glass changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

Stephen Arden: [drunkenly] Oh, uh, could you give me a little information?
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Stephen Arden: Thank you.
[walks away]
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Crazy Credits

During opening credits, a pair of hands writes the names, pauses, wipes them out, and writes the next set of names several times. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Saint in New York (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

I Used To Be Color Blind
(1938) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Sung by Fred Astaire
Danced by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
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Screwball fun
14 April 2013 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

RKO lured Astaire and Rogers into their eighth pairing by promising this film would be in color. But RKO was not faring well financially, so they reneged on their promise, and the final film was black and white. Note the song where Fred sings about Ginger's red cheeks, gold hair, and blue eyes.

The story is silly but enjoyable. The antics of Ginger are captivating. Her character, with its cute ha-ha-ha laugh, is permitted whimsy and orneriness that are funny and endearing. Her performance gives the film a high energy that elevates it. Fred, always the master of props, incorporates golfing into one amazing solo dance routine.

I think the music and the dancing are under-appreciated. The dance sequence that employs slow motion is mesmerizing and beautiful. It actually emphasizes the beauty of their movements and permits the viewer to better see the precise and athletic lines they achieve.

A special mention about the dance number "The Yam". It might seem frivolous at first, but pay attention to the original dance moves within the performance. And have you ever seen a dance number where it looked like the performers were having more fun?

The other actors are fine foils for Astaire and Rogers. In particular, note Jack Carson. He and Ginger both appeared in 1937's "Stage Door".


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