Swing Time

  • U
  • George Stevens (1936)
  • US
  • 99 min
Swing Time
Film Review
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5 out of 5

Top Hat might have been more popular, but this is actually the finest of the Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers movies. Working with a major director in George Stevens, Fred and Ginger achieve such heights that to single out a particular instance might seem invidious. But the climactic Never Gonna Dance seems to provide the perfect example of the effortless style Astaire was able to convey, and the dialogue scene between the pair that precedes the dance is among their most poignant. The plot concerns a gambler falling for his dance partner, but who cares when the Jerome Kern score includes The Way You Look Tonight, A Fine Romance, Pick Yourself Up and Bojangles of Harlem?

Plot Summary

Classic musical comedy starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. When "Lucky" Garnett is late for his own wedding, the bride's outraged father forbids the marriage until the groom has made his fortune from a capital of just 25 cents.

Cast and crew


John "Lucky" Garnett
Fred Astaire
Penelope "Penny" Carrol
Ginger Rogers
Dr Cardetti, "Pop"
Victor Moore
Mabel Anderson
Helen Broderick
Mr Gordon
Eric Blore
Margaret Watson
Betty Furness
Ricardo Romero
George Metaxa


George Stevens

Other Information

Black and White
Available on video and DVD
Certificate U