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Swing Time (28-Aug-1936)

Director: George Stevens

Writers: Howard Lindsay; Allan Scott

From story: Portrait of John Garnett by Erwin Gelsey

Music by: Jerome Kern

Producer: Pandro S. Berman

Keywords: Musical, Romantic Comedy, Tap Dancing

Fred Astaire is Lucky Garnett, dancer and gambler, his wedding called off because he was much too late arriving. The bride's father agrees that if he can raise a $25,000 dowry, the marriage may proceed. Lucky heads to New York where he meets dance instructor Penny Carroll, played by Ginger Rogers; he enrolls in her class and makes remarkable progress! They fall in love and he ceases all attempts to raise the dowry, but neglects to tell Penny that he is engaged. One of Astaire and Rogers best films. Won Oscar for Best Original Song, "The Way You Look Tonight", and receive a nomination for Best Dance Direction.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Fred Astaire
10-May-1899 22-Jun-1987 Broadway ballroom dancer
Eric Blore
23-Dec-1887 2-Mar-1959 Sullivan's Travels
Helen Broderick
11-Aug-1891 25-Sep-1959 Top Hat
Betty Furness
3-Jan-1916 2-Apr-1994 You can be sure if it's a Westinghouse
Victor Moore
24-Feb-1876 24-Jul-1962 Swing Time
Ginger Rogers
16-Jul-1911 25-Apr-1995 The Gay Divorcee


Fred Astaire   ...   John Garnett ("Lucky")
Ginger Rogers   ...   Penelope Carroll
Victor Moore   ...   Everett Cardetti ("Pop")
Helen Broderick   ...   Mabel Anderson
Eric Blore   ...   Gordon (studio manager)
Betty Furness   ...   Margaret Watson
Georges Metaxa   ...   Ricky Romero


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