On Screen Couples: Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire.

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Ginger debuted on Broadway on December 25, 1929 in the musical Top Speed. Two weeks later, she is hired for a role in Girl Crazy. Fred Astaire is engaged on his side to make the dancers work on choreography. She then works with the RKO and on this occasion finds Fred Astaire in (Flying Down to Rio). From this moment was born the ‘Rogers/Astaire’ cinematographic couple that will become legendary. They film 10 films together, in which they both dance and sing. nine with RKO Radio Pictures and one with MGM, their only color (Technicolor) movie.

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Flying Down to Rio: (1933)

Roger Bond, a seducer, falls in love with Belinha, but she is already engaged. While his orchestra must go to Rio, he proposes to the beautiful Brazilian to travel with him, but he does not see that Belinha can’t seem to decide between him and her fiancée Júlio.

  • Director: Thornton Freeland
  • Duration: 99min
  • Genres: Comedy, Musical, Romance
  • Awards:
    • Academy Award Nomination for ‘Best Music, Original Song : Carioca’

The Gay Divorcee: (1934)

A young woman wishing to divorce simulates adultery by engaging by correspondence a man who pretends to be her lover. She meets Guy Holden, a dancer, and is convinced that he is her correspondent.

  • Director: Mark Sandrich
  • Duration: 107min
  • Genres: Comedy, Musical, Romance
  • Awards:
    • Academy Award Winner for ‘Best Music, Original Song : The Continental’
    • Academy Award Nomination for ‘Best Picture’, ‘Best Art Direction’, ‘Best Sound, Recording’, ‘Best Music, Score’

Roberta: (1935)

John Kent, meets Huck Haines and his jazz band, and they travel together. Together, they visit John’s aunt, Roberta. She runs a fashion shop with her saleswoman Stephanie of which John falls in love. After the death of his aunt, he must take over the shop.

  • Director: William A. Seiter
  • Duration: 106min
  • Genres: Comedy, Musical, Romance
  • Awards:
    • Academy Award Nomination for ‘Best Music, Original Song: Lovely to Look at’.

Top Hat: (1935)

Jerry Travers, an American dancer, gives a demonstration to his British producer. This is how he awakens his neighbor, Dale Tremont, who came to him to protest but for Jerry, it’s love at first sight.

  • Director: Mark Sandrich
  • Duration: 101min
  • Genres: Comedy, Musical, Romance
  • Awards:
    • Academy Award Winner for ‘Best Music, Original Song : The Continental’
    • Academy Award Nomination for ‘Best Picture’, ‘Best Art Direction’, ‘Best Dance Direction‘, Best Music, Original Song’.

Follow the Fleet: (1936)

During a stopover in San Francisco, sailor Bake Baker tries to revive the flame of his former dance partner, Sherry Martin.

  • Director: Mark Sandrich
  • Duration: 110min
  • Genres: Comedy, Musical, Romance

Swing Time (1936):

To protect his dancing career, Lucky Garnett’s friends (Fred Astaire) prevent him from marrying Margaret Watson (Betty Furness). Arrived at his wedding after the guests returned home, he manages to reconcile with his future father-in-law.

  • Director: George Stevens
  • Duration: 103min
  • Genres: Comedy, Musical, Romance
  • Awards:
    • Academy Award Winner for ‘Best Music, Original Song : The Way You Look Tonight’
    • Academy Award Nomination for ‘Best Dance Direction’.

Shall We Dance: (1937)

The love between a ballet master and a tap dancer is tested when his manager, hostile to this romance, rumors that they are already married.

  • Director: Mark Sandrich
  • Duration: 109min
  • Genres: Comedy, Musical, Romance
  • Awards:
    • Academy Award Winner for ‘Best Music, Original Song : They Can’t Take That Away from Me’

Carefree: (1938)

Steven, a brilliant lawyer, would like to convince Amanda, a young singer and radio star, to marry him. After her refusal, Steven asks a psychoanalyst friend, Dr. Tony Flagg for advice. But Amanda falls under the charm of Tony.

  • Director: Mark Sandrich
  • Duration: 83min
  • Genres: Comedy, Musical, Romance
  • Awards:
    • Academy Award Winner for ‘Best Music, Original Song : The Continental’
    • Academy Award Nomination for ‘Best Art Direction’, Best Music, Original Song’, ‘Best Music, Scoring’.

The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle: (1939)

The True and Tragic Story of Irene and Vernon Castle one of the most well-known and respected dancers of the early twentieth century.

  • Director: H.C. Potter
  • Duration: 93min
  • Genres: Biography, Drama, Musical

The Barkleys of Broadway: (1949)

Josh and Dinah Barkely form a famous musicals couple. But Dinah wants to try her luck as a drama actress after a young author has convinced that she has great talent.

  • Director: Charles Walters
  • Duration: 109min
  • Genres: Comedy, Musical
  • Awards:
    • Academy Award Winner for ‘Best Cinematography, Color’

 

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