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Carefree (2-Sep-1938)

Director: Mark Sandrich

Writers: Allan Scott; Ernest Pagano; Dudley Nichols; Hagar Wilde; Marian Ainslee; Guy Endore

Lyrics and Music by: Irving Berlin

Producer: Pandro S. Berman

Keywords: Musical, Romantic Comedy, Psychiatry

After yet another broken engagement, an attorney asks his friend, a psychiatrist, to analyze his fiancée. After a dream analysis and ill-advised hypnosis session, she falls in love... with the psychiatrist. Underrated Astaire-Rogers pairing sprinkled with music and dance numbers. A dream sequence, "I Used to Be Colorblind", was originally filmed in color but RKO distributed it in black and white.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Fred Astaire
10-May-1899 22-Jun-1987 Broadway ballroom dancer
Ralph Bellamy
17-Jun-1904 29-Nov-1991 Trading Places
Jack Carson
27-Oct-1910 2-Jan-1963 Two Guys From Milwaukee
Walter Kingsford
20-Sep-1881 7-Feb-1958 British-American character actor
Franklin Pangborn
23-Jan-1888 20-Jul-1958 Character actor, 1920s to 1950s
Ginger Rogers
16-Jul-1911 25-Apr-1995 The Gay Divorcee


Fred Astaire   ...   Tony Flagg
Ginger Rogers   ...   Amanda Cooper
Ralph Bellamy   ...   Stephen Arden
Luella Gear   ...   Aunt Cora
Jack Carson   ...   Connors
Clarence Kolb   ...   Judge Travers
Franklin Pangborn   ...   Roland Hunter
Walter Kingsford   ...   Dr. Powers
Kay Sutton   ...   Miss Adams
Robert Mitchell   ...   Himself
and His St. Brendan's Boys   ...   Themselves


Review by Riccardo Bono (posted on 6-Dec-2010)

The eighth film in the Astaire/Rogers series, "Carefree", (1938, I believe), is best characterized as a screw ball comedy, and a star vehicle for Ginger Rogers. Directed by Mark Sandrich, with music by Irving Berlin, I found this an enjoyable romp through that wonderful fantasy land of Hollywood...called the land of Fred and Ginger. The film features one of their most energetic duets, "The Yam"...featuring eight spectacular lifts, where Fred lifts Rogers over his leg (perched on a dining room table)...and one of their most ethereal romantic dances, "Change Partners". In this dance Rogers is hypnotized by Fred and literally floats though the choreography in one of their most beautiful duets. I won't get into the plot specifics...be but be rest assured that somehow Fred and Ginger are united at the ending. Watch it late some cold winter night, for maximum fun and enjoyment.

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