Swingtime Abridged

Woefully behind on the blog between the upcoming Big Big Benefit for Laurie Gilkenson and ILHC.  Which is a good hing I have a bunch of old writings stockpiled for this sort of occasion.  I’ll have some stuff up about Camp Jitterbug, updates on ILHC, and try to dig into my backlog of cool videos as soon as I can.

The Atomic Ballroom blog put up a nice top 10 list of ballroom dance sequences in vintage films.  It lists quite a few Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire sequences including two from the film Swingtime.  Although I am disappointed that they didn’t include the finale to that film, “Never Gonna Dance,” which I consider their best performance, period.  Anyway, it reminded me of this post I originally put up as a note on my Facebook profile a couple of years ago.

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers made 10 movies together, and Swingtime, their sixth together, is considered by many as their best film, and my favorite.

Like most of their films, logical plot development wasn’t a very high priority.  Not that it mattered, because the dancing was the main attraction.

Despite that, or maybe because, the Astaire/Rogers films were pioneers in the concept of the integrated musical which made the musical numbers important to moving along the story.  In fact, if you took out the musical stuff from Swingtime, the movie would make no sense at all compared to the jumbled mess it is with them.

However, I noticed that if you just watch those same scenes without the rest of the movie, they form a fully realized story arc on their own.  Now thanks to the magic of YouTube, you can enjoy that story without hurting your brain trying to figure out why Ginger Rogers would fall for a pompous douchebag like Fred Astaire. (In the movie that is)

“Pick Yourself Up” pt 1

“Pick Yourself Up” pt 2

“The Way You Look Tonight”

“Waltz In Swingtime”

“A Fine Romance”

“Never Gonna Dance”

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3 Comments

  1. Kevin said,

    June 3, 2010 at 4:03 am

    Some of your videos were blocked…

  2. Jerry said,

    June 4, 2010 at 12:27 am

    That sucks. I found a replacement for A Fine romance but they’re blocking all other sof Never Gonna Dance. Bastards! Seriously this is my favorite dance of them together. It’s the Empire Strikes Back of dances. Better than the others and ends on a downer. It’s worth it to track down if you can.

  3. October 1, 2010 at 12:02 am

    […] a discovery I made a few weeks ago.  As you’ll recall, I did a short post about my favorite Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movie, Swingtime.  Unfortunately the Youtubes took down my favorite dance scene from it.  However, I was inspired […]


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