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Episode 10: Discovering: Fred Astaire

Summary

A profile of dancer and actor Fred Astaire, who found fame with partner Ginger Rogers in films including Top Hat, The Gay Divorcee and Swing Time.

Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Apart from Brian Epstein being told by Decca that “guitar groups are on their way out”, the most notorious executive blunder in showbiz history must be this crass assessment of Fred Astaire's MGM screen test: “Can't act. Can't sing. Slightly bald. Can dance a little.”

Needless to say, Astaire had the last laugh. A virtuoso dancer and painstaking innovator, he went on to transform the Hollywood musical with his unique, dazzling artistry. 

The latest profile in this entertaining series celebrates his legendary partnership with Ginger Rogers, as well as many influential musical highlights from a remarkable six-decade career.

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