Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers

  • Flying Down to Rio (1933) — 6 (Dozens of girls dancing on the wings of airplanes!)
  • The Gay Divorcee (1934) — 6 (They hadn’t hit their stride yet.)
  • Roberta  (1934) — 5 (Watch Irene Dunn sing a woman to death!)
  • Top Hat (1935) — 7 (The total lack of plot is the only major flaw in this film.)
  • Follow the Fleet (1936) — 7 (My Mom used to sing “I Saw the Sea” to me when I was a kid, but she doesn’t remember seeing the film.)
  • Swing Time (1936) — 7 (If couples would only listen to each other, there would be no romantic comedies.)
  • Shall We Dance (1936) — 6 (Worth seeing just to watch Fred and Ginger singing “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” while tap dancing on roller skates.)
  • Carefree (1938) — 6 (Ralph Bellamy made a career out of being the jilted boyfriend.)
  • The Story of Vernon & Irene Castle (1939) — 6 (Pleasant enough but a little dull.)
  • The Barkleys of Broadway (1949) — 6 (In color!)

Bottom line — I like Fred and Ginger, but none of these movies have much substance. The reason I watch them is for the dancing. Their grace and athleticism is amazing.

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