Swing Time

(USA, 1936, 103 minutes)

A vaudeville dancer with a gambling problem heads to New York to raise the money he needs to return home and marry his fiancee by teaming up with a dance teacher as night club stars, but they start falling in love with each other. Third of the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers RKO musicals, known to be Rogers’ favourite; there’s a slightly darker tone to it but also not much of a plot, making the time between the musical numbers seem too much of a drag. Winner of the Academy Award for best original song ("The Way You Look Tonight", by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields); Hermes Pan was also nominated for best dance direction.

RKO Radio Pictures presents a Pandro S. Berman production. Starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers; with Victor Moore, Helen Broderick, Eric Blore, Betty Furness, Georges Metaxa. Directed by George Stevens; produced by Pandro S. Berman; screenplay by Howard Lindsay and Allan Scott, from the story by Erwin Gelsey, «Portrait of John Garnett»; musical director, Nathaniel Shilkret; director of photography (b&w), David Abel; art director, Van Nest Polglase; gowns by Bernard Newman; film editor, Henry Berman; dance director, Hermes Pan.


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