Swing Time (1936)

 


 

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A performer and gambler travels to New York City to raise the $25,000 he needs to marry his fianc? only to become entangled with a beautiful aspiring dancer. Full summary »

Genre: Comedy,Musical,Romance

Swing Time (1936)
   
Release Date: 12 October 1936 (Brazil)
Country: USA
Director: George Stevens
Cast:
  • Fred Astaire
  • Ginger Rogers
  • Victor Moore
  • Helen Broderick
  • Eric Blore
  • Betty Furness
  • Georges Metaxa


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42 Responses to Swing Time (1936)

  1. dirty-dancing-forever
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    not knowing anything about card games i’ve often wondered when watching the scene when lucky wins the orchestra from raymond how pop manages to cheat so lucky wins, anyone able to explain this?

    thanks

  2. zuzupetal_99
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    I thought this movie was pretty cute & actually funny, which kinda surprised me for how old it was (Some movies’ humor is painfully dated). The part that had me cracking up, is where Fred & Ginger are about to kiss in the snow in the middle of "A Fine Romance", and then *POW*, Fred gets hit in the head w/ a snowball by ‘Pop’. I laughed so hard, b/c I didn’t see it coming! I really liked the Pop & Mabel characters, they were quite funny :D And the snow scene was really beautiful during the song, and at the end when they embrace by the windows overlooking the snowy city……

    Walk like it’s for sale and the rent is due tonight- Miss Jay

  3. TheHitman10
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    I particularly didn’t find Fred’s number "Bojangles in Harlem" offensive as many Black face numbers I’ve seen in old films. Minstrel show numbers were made to make fun of and mock blacks…. from the late 1800’s all the way until the 1940’s. Fred was paying tribute to Bojangles Robinson without any racist intent. I mean come on, do you actually think the number is more racist than these film?

    Babes in Arms 1939 (Garland Rooney) Racist

    Babes on Broadway 1943 (Garland Rooney) Racist

    Wonder Bar 1934 (Jolson) Racist as hell

    Show Boat 1936 (Irene Dunne) Racist as hell

    Dimples 1936 (Shirley Temple) Racist as hell

    Holiday Inn 1943 (Crosby Astaire) Racist as hell (Astaire not even in that number)

    And the list goes on and on

    BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY

  4. Funky12345
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    …but this was absolutely one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen! The music and lyrics were horrible, the acting was horrible. I’m surprised at my reaction, as I love "Holiday Inn" and "Top Hat" so much. I watched it for the first time last night and I could barely make it through to the end. It seems to be such an intensely popular and well-received film for Astaire & Rogers fans; maybe I’m missing something. Maybe I’ll watch it again, to see if I am indeed missing something – if I can muster up that much energy.

    Kramer: "Jerry, like the Bible says, ‘Thou who cureth can make ith ill’".

  5. nicknc1214
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    It is at #90 but who cares at least this list features the greatest song and dance team in the history of cinema with agrueably their finest film, the other being Top Hat (1935) which did not make the final list but was one of the 400 nominees to make the list. How does everyone feel about this 1930’s musical masterpiece being on the AFI Top 100 best movies of all time list?

  6. rpniew
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    I really like the film Astaire and Rogers are in full "swing" here, at the top of their careers, with great music and a sweet-natured comedy. However, I must admit that I have a problem with the "Bojangles of Harlem" number. I realize no harm was intended and that Astaire was doing a respectful homage (certainly more respectful than what Jolson and Cantor were doing) but it is just too hard not to look at the number without a 21st century perspective — and I have tried. Ebert has said this is the only blackface number that doesn’t make him squirm. Good for him, but I squirm. I usually deal with the situation by leaving the tape running and going to the bathroom. Otherwise it is my favorite Fred and Ginger film.

  7. VisualFiction
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    Thanks to anyone who’s watched the Partners in Rhythm DVD from the Astaire/Rogers Ultimate Collection, and can give us a review of it.

    I’m trying to decide whether or not to get the Ultimate Collection. Maybe Partners in Rhythm is so good that I need the Ultimate Collection.

    Also, what do you think of all the other stuff included in the Ultimate Collection: the press kit, photos, CD, etc?

    Thanks again for a review.

  8. MarxBrosFan
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    The two times Astaire and Rogers actually kiss in this movie it’s not shown but only suggested. The first time in Fred’s dressing room just when the door opens, and at the very end he almost kisses her, steps back and takes a big leap to do it properly, but turns around so the viewer, again, doesn’t see a thing.

    I know it’s probably better to suggest a kiss than to include scenes of their wedding night, but I wonder what’s the furthest they ever went in displaying affection in their pictures together? Offhand I can only remember he kisses her on the cheek near the end of "The Gay Divorcee"… Was that the most outrageous moment?

    __________

    Take another little piece, baby. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7JVxE2SYxo

  9. k-fox7
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    did the ending make any sense to anyone? because i’m not sure if you’re supposed to understand it or not but it definetly made no sense to me. so if it made sense to anyone an explaintaion would be nice.

  10. CassyJane
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    What a absolutely gorgous flowing gown. I would soooooooo love a gown like that, so beautiful. One of the most prettiest ever I’ve seen on screen.

  11. fast_fierce_and_funny
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    Hello,

    Did Astaire do "Bojangles of Harlem" in blackface as his own idea? Or did the blackface only come at the behest of the producer?

    I was led to understand that Astaire genuinely wanted to do the number, but that he donned blackface at the behest of the producer and wore it only under protest.

    Don’t get me wrong: if he wore it on his own and as his own idea, I’m cool with that. It’s just that I’d like to know either way, once and for all.

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  12. demonwarhead
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    the characters describe Penny Caroll as a red head. funny first time I watched this movie I found it odd that they said she had red hair, it looks blonde to me.

  13. flan99
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    Rather silly to see viewers whining over Fred wearing ‘blackface’ in "Bojangles of Harlem".

    Two reasons:

    – Minstrel Show numbers were very popular and common at the time, and for decades earlier. Fred was also saluting Bill Robinson.

    – Wake up. This film was made almost SEVENTY FIVE years ago!

    Movies were made, released to theaters, ran for a few weeks, and then were stuck in Cans in a warehouse.

    There was no TV, no VCRs, no DVDs, no TiVo.

    No one at the time would even believe such machines would ever exist, or that people would be viewing their films long after they were all dead.

    Use some Perspective when watching classic movies.

  14. gebegb
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    I am reminded of the old joke about Astaire and Rogers.

    Q. "Who was the better dancer?

    A. "Ginger Rogers. — Must have been! — She did all of Fred Astaire’s steps while dancing BACKWARDS — and in HIGH HEELS!"

    _________

    "The Shadow knows." — Lamont Cranston

  15. parisel
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    Did men in the 30’s really walk around the streets dressed in a top hat and tails…In broad daylight?…I thought that style was from the 1900’s, but I’ve seen Fred dressed like ina couple of movies.

  16. trina_crys
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    I have them all and have watched them over and over since I was a kid. I love them all, but there is something about this one that I love more then the others. I don’t know if it’s the songs, the story or just the amazing dance numbers. But I just adore this movie!

  17. demonwarhead
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    that Ginger had a different pair of shoes? The one she was wearing from the start until the part where the camera moved in for a close-up shot [they were dancing in the elevated platform] had straps. then when ginger did those amazing continuous spins I noticed [since her skirt’s up] that the straps were gone and she was wearing a different pair… I know its a pretty silly thing but I just wondered if anyone else noticed it…

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  18. JohnRouseMerriottChard
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    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0028333/

    Fine duo, fine romance, really really fine film.

    Gambler and dancer, John "Lucky" Garnett {Fred Astaire} is engaged to Margaret Watson, being of care free mind, and not a little gullible, John is hopelessly late for the wedding. Margaret’s father is furious and demands that John go out into the real world and earn $25,000 to prove he has enough wits about him to do credit to the impending marriage. John and his trusty sidekick Pop Cardetti hit New York City, pretty soon John meets Penny Carroll {Ginger Rogers, after a less than favourable earlier meeting} at a dance school, after the initial hostilities from Penny subside, it’s apparent that both John & Penny are a dynamite dance act, it’s also obvious that both of them are starting to fall for each other, just what will their respective partners think of that then?.

    I sat down to watch Swing Time and within five minutes i had a big smile on my face, that smile was to stay there right to the second the picture had finished, rest assured that Swing Time is most definitely a film to cherish. Of all the ten musicals that Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers made together, Swing Time leads the way as being the most magical. Sure the likes of Top Hat may have more vitality to it, but Swing Time just comes together so well, from the wonderful numbers and routines, to the feeling that this couple were hatched from the same egg, it really is a marvellous piece of uplifting cinema to witness a pair of performers so in tune with each other.

    The plot set up is straight forward, and we of course lurch from one amiable plot turn to another, but we know that it’s all coming together to entertain us via the presentation of its musical numbers. Music and lyrics come courtesy of Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields, and they are corkers, Pick Yourself Up, The Way You Look Tonight, Waltz In Swing Time, Never Gonna Dance and the brilliant A Fine Romance. But the crowning glory, and a sequence that should rank high in any list of great cinematic moments, is Astaire doing Bojangles Of Harlem, with black face makeup on {no offencive caricature here}, the sequence builds to a pinnacle that sees Astaire dancing in triplicate with rear projection versions of himself, fabulous.

    Wonderfully directed by George Stevens, who’s real father appears in the film as Margaret’s enraged father, and containing two great support performances from Victor Moore as Everett ‘Pop’ Cardetti & Helen Broderick as Mabel Anderson, Swing Time doesn’t so much swing, it actually flows along like a perfectly formed ripple on a sea of joy. I feel sorry for those who have an aversion to musicals because they are sure to miss out, not only the wonderful artistry on show here, but also a film that can pick you up out of your doldrums. 9/10

    Spike

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  19. hose_b
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    Can anybody find "Hotel a la Swing" (included on the "Swing Time" DVD) on IMDb? There is a short listed here with a similar running time called "Hotel Swing", but the cast list and synopsis are really bad if it’s intended to be the same movie. I’ve already shipped the DVD back to Netflix so I can’t check the director and writer credits nor the date (though it’s definitely from the 1930s).

    Of course, the shorter "Bingo Crosbyana" from that DVD is easy to find.

  20. guy_of_gisborne_luv
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    this dance was definitely one of my favorite dances of fred and ginger’s. i don’t know why, but when fred is dancing around kind of hopping from one foot to the other, i loved that. i don’t know why, but i loved it!!

  21. oldsenior
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    The wonderful song "The Way You Look Tonight" from "Swing Time" deservedly wins the Oscar for Best Song, fast reverse to when "The Continental" from "The Gay Divorcee" wins the Oscar, as it should have, now fast forward to the 2000’s when M and M ‘s song wins for best song, then later Bob Dylan’s song wins for best song. Wow, "Times Unfortunately, They are a Changing", Wow!

  22. mercury1
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    A swell film. boy can they dance.

  23. deathcab
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    I thought this was featured in the movie. Maybe not? If anyone knows which movie (I know Fred and Ginger were in it), can you let me know in reply? Thank you!

    Dude, Mieke’s hideous! Run!

  24. mp775
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    The historic Portage Theater in Chicago will be showing Swing Time on Wednesday, August 13, 2008 as part of the Classic movie Matinee Series. Admission is only $4! More info at http://www.portagetheater.org/SpringMatinee.pdf

  25. bebecostello
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    I absolutly love the part when Lucky and Penny go to the mountain for the day and they sing this song. It really showcases Ginger and Fred’s amazing chemistry and how comedic they both were.

    I love this movie.

    And if anybody is interested there is a Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers collection on amazon.com of all of their films and tons of extras (a CD, pictures, etc) for a reasonable price. I just ordered mine and cannot wait to get it.

    ~Gareth: Tim’s put my stapler inside a jelly again.~

  26. Peter-175
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    Does this film have a New Year’s Eve party in it?

    I’m trying to think of films to watch today to suit the occasion.

    "The Apartment" is a great New Year’s Eve film.

    I know Swing Time has a very snowy scene in it, but I can’t remember about New Year’s…

    ?

  27. Anonymous
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  28. MarxBrosFan
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    http://www.imcdb.org/movie_28333-Swing-Time.html

    The main vehicle is a very nice 1935 Auburn 852 Supercharged Phaeton Sedan.

  29. NEDitor
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    I understand "Swingtime" was released by MGM, but many disagree. Does anyone know which studio for sure?

    Thanks, Dorothy Fields. (Kidding!)

  30. Anonymous
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  31. daybyday
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    I was just wondering if anyone has seen the stage version that premiered a year or two ago, Never Gonna Dance. I read several things about it before the premiere, but I could not see it. I know it did not run for very long-a little over a year, I think. I was just looking for some first-hand information. If I had to guess, I think that I would have liked it, but hey, I love Astaire & Rogers. I was also curious to know if the vocal parts were available. If anyone had any more information, I would love to hear it. Thanks!

    "I’m sure I haven’t the faintest idea what you’re talking about." ~Mary Poppins

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