Swing Time

Swing Time

George Stevens (1936)

U Certificate


Our Score
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?


A dancer pleads for a second chance from the girlfriend he left at the altar, but she refuses to marry him until he's made his fortune. He immediately sets out to get rich as quickly as possible, only to be distracted by a growing attraction to his dance partner. Musical, starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers and Victor Moore.

Cast & 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
Director George Stevens
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video and DVD