Directed by: Mark Sandrich
Edward Everett Horton
Produced by: Pandro S. Berman Written by: Alexander Faragó, Aladar Laszlo, Károly Nóti, Allan Scott, Dwight Taylor
Choreographed by: Fred Astaire & Hermes Pan
Cinematography: David Abel
Words and Music by: Irving Berlin
Production Company: RKO
Premiere: New York, August 29, 1935
Synopsis (from VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever 2001): Ginger isn't impressed by Fred's amorous intentions since she's mistaken him for a friend's other half. Many believe it to be the duo's best film together. choreography by Astaire and score by Berlin makes this one a classic Hollywood musical. Look for a young Lucille Ball as a clerk in a flower shop. (4 out of 4)
Without a doubt, the quintessential Fred and Ginger movie. (Heigh ho,) The gang's all here: scatterbrained Edward Horton, Cynical Helen Broderick, befuddled English butler Eric Blore, madcap Italian Erik Rhodes, plus the usual spot-the-Lucille-Ball-in-a-bit-role game. Directed by Mark Sandrich, the score written by Irving Berlin, who could do no wrong, and the choreography by Fred and Hermes Pan. Even the plot is the usual misdirection, which would be resolved in 5 minutes if they would just sit down and talk things over- but where's the fun in that?
This is Fred and Ginger just before they start getting bored with each other, and just after they fully realised the potential of their partnership. We say it in Roberta, but here in their own movie they could display their perfect partnership without other people getting in their way.
All in all, one of the best without a doubt. The dancing is simply sublime, defying description. The music is incredible. Neither are the best of the series, but the movie as a whole is unbeatable. Everything just clicks together and gels in a way that is undefinable.
The final word:
|Dancing value: 9/10|
Acting value: 8/10
Entertainment value: 10/10
Overall Ranking: 4/31
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