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Swing Time

Swing Time

Director: George Stevens Cast: Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
, Ginger Rogers
Ginger Rogers
, Victor Moore
Victor Moore
, Helen Broderick
Helen Broderick
George Stevens
Swing Time

Swing Time

Director: George Stevens Cast: Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
, Ginger Rogers
Ginger Rogers
, Victor Moore
Victor Moore
, Helen Broderick
Helen Broderick
George Stevens

Blu-ray (Black & White)

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The sixth of RKO's Fred Astaire -Ginger Rogers pairings of the 1930s, Swing Time starts off with bandleader Astaire getting cold feet on his wedding day. Astaire's bride-to-be Betty Furness will give him a second chance, providing he proves himself responsible enough to earn $25,000. Astaire naturally tries to avoid earning that amount once he falls in love with dance instructor Ginger Rogers. Numerous complications ensue, leading to the "second time's the charm" climax, with Ginger escaping her own wedding to wealthy Georges Metaxa in order to be reunited with Astaire. The film's most indelible image is that of Fred Astaire, immaculately attired in top hat and tails, hopping a freight car--a perfect encapsulation of the film's Depression-era cheekiness. The Jerome Kern-Dorothy Fields score includes such standards-to-be as "Pick Yourself Up," "A Fine Romance," "The Way You Look Tonight," "Never Gonna Dance" and "Bojangles of Harlem." The peerless supporting cast of Swing Time includes Helen Broderick, Victor Moore, Eric Blore, and Landers Stevens, the actor-father of the film's director, George Stevens.

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Product Details

Release Date: 06/11/2019
UPC: 0715515231015
Original Release: 1936
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:43:00
Sales rank: 5,614

Special Features

New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; Audio commentary from 1986 featuring John Mueller, author of Astaire Dancing: The Musical Films; Archival interviews with performers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and choreographer Hermes Pan; New interview with George Stevens Jr.; In Full Swing, a new program on the films's choreography; and soundtrack featuring jazz and film critic Gary Giddins, dance critic Brian Seibert, and Dorothy Fields biographer Deborah Grace Winer; New interview with film scholar Mia Mask on the "Bojangles of Harlem" number

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fred Astaire John "Lucky" Garnett
Ginger Rogers Penelope "Penny" Carrol
Victor Moore Pop
Helen Broderick Mabel Anderson
Eric Blore Mr. Gordon
Betty Furness Margaret Watson
George Metaxa Ricardo Romero
Landers Stevens Judge Watson
John Harrington Dice Raymond
Pierre Watkin Al Simpson
Abe Reynolds Tailor
Gerald Hamer Eric Facannistrom
Harry Bowen first stage hand
Harry Bernard Stagehand
Frank Jenks Red
Jack Good dancer
Donald Kerr dancer
Ted O'Shea dancer
Ralph Byrd Hotel Clerk
Charlie Hall Taxi Driver
Jean Perry Roulette Dealer
Olin Francis Tough Mug
Floyd Shackelford Romero's Butler
Joey Ray Announcer
Ralph Brooks Dance Extra
Edgar Dearing Policeman
Fern Emmett Maid
Bess Flowers Actor
Howard Hickman 1st Minister
Frank Mills Croupier
Ferdinand Minuer 2nd Minister
Dennis O'Keefe Actor
Baby Marie Osborne Actor
Jack Rice Wedding Guest
Dale Van Sickel Diner
Sailor Vincent Actor
Blanca Vischer Actor

Technical Credits
George Stevens Director
Dave Abel Cinematographer
Henry Berman Editor
Pandro S. Berman Producer
Mel Burns Makeup
Carroll Clark Art Director
Dorothy Fields Score Composer
Erwin S. Gelsey Original Story
John W. Harkrider Costumes/Costume Designer
Jerome Kern Score Composer
Howard Lindsay Screenwriter
Bernard Newman Costumes/Costume Designer
Hermes Pan Choreography
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Allan Scott Screenwriter
Nathaniel Shilkret Musical Direction/Supervision
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Vernon Walker Special Effects

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