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That dancin' duo - Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - sweep the floor again in this Oscar-winning romantic musical comedy about a dancer who tries to make it big in order to prove himself worthy of his fiancee. His plans take a turn for the unexpected when he falls for his dance partner. Featuring wonderful song and dance numbers by Oscar-honoree Astaire ("Easter Parade," "The Gay Divorcee") and Oscar-winner Rogers ("Kitty Foyle," "Stage Door"). Directed by 12-time Oscar-nominee George Stevens ("Giant," "Shane"). Recently selected by the prestigious American Film Institute as one of the 400 greatest American films of all time.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 20
- Fresh: 20
- Rotten: 0
- Average Rating: 8.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Nothing so intangible as a disappointing musical score should deter you from enjoying them to the Astaire-Rogers limit.
Fresh: Another winner for the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers combo. It's smart, modern, and impressive in every respect, from its boy-loses-girl background to its tunefulness, dancipation, production quality and general high standards.
Fresh: Of all of the places the movies have created, one of the most magical and enduring is the universe of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
Fresh: One of the best of the Astaire-Rogers musicals, and one that shouldn't have worked as well as it did.
Best of all Astaire/Rogers films
Best of all of their films. I'm 13 and this is one of my favorite movies. Where are the rest of Ginger Rogers' movies though? Such as the major and the minor, shall we dance, and bachelor mother, etc. I would greatly appreciate it if you would put these on ( especially the major and the minor) iTunes!
Best of Astaire-Rogers films! Plenty of the best dance routines ever! If you've never seen a Astaire-Rogers film, this must be the one to see. Classic songs galore and the final "Never Gonna Dance", a compilation of all the songs and dances by the duo throughout the movie, is worth the price of the film itself!
Perfectly Swell Romance
John "Lucky" Garnett (Fred Astaire) flows though life without a worry or a plan, and he is lucky enough to get out of a marriage to a dull debutante and into the arms of Penny Carol (Ginger Rogers). But, of course, before the guy gets the girl, both are as confused as Shakespeare's characters in Arden Forest. But we are really here for the singing and dancing and in this movie Fred and Ginger offer some of their best, including a black-face routine for Fred imitating Bojangles of Harlem. By the end of the film, Lucky almost has Penny, and in the dance number, "Never Gonna Dance," the two perform their most artistic moves. He swears that if he can't have Penny, he's giving up the high life of the stage and all its perks. "My dinner clothes may dine where they please, for all I really want is you..."