Directed by George Stevens
Running time: 103 minutes
Swing Time (1936) is a musical comedy directed by George Stevens and scored by Jerome Kern. Starring the magical partnership of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, it's considered one of the pair's best movies, featuring four routines regarded as dance masterpieces. John “Lucky” Garnett (Fred Astaire) is a gambler and dancer. Set to marry Margaret (Betty Furness), he's told to earn $25,000 by her father before the wedding, so decides to hitch on a freight train to New York to make some money. He soon meets the beautiful and talented Penny (Ginger Rogers), a dance school instructor and after taking an initial, disastrous dance lesson from her ends up slowly falling in love. With its sublime dance sequences based around Kern's songs, Swing Time is a narrative full of mistaken identities and witty banter, all foils for the magical dancing which culminates in the high point of the Astaire-Rogers partnership, “Never Gonna Dance”. Selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry it reached # 90 on the American Film Institute's top 100 movies.
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