In this irresistible musical, the legendary dancing duo Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers (Top Hat) are at the pinnacle of their art as a feckless gambler and the shrewd dancing instructor in whom he more than meets his match. Director George Stevens (Woman of the Year) laces their romance with humour and clears the floor for the movie's showstopping dance scenes, in which Astaire and Rogers take seemingly effortless flight in a virtuosic fusion of ballroom and tap styles. Buoyed by beloved songs by Dorothy Fields and Jerome Kern including the Oscarwinning classic The Way You Look Tonight Swing Time is an exuberant celebration of its stars' chemistry, grace and sheer joy in the act of performance. Features: New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack Audio commentary from 1986 featuring John Mueller, author of Astaire Dancing: The Musical Films Archival interviews with performers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and choreographer Hermes Pan New interview with George Stevens Jr. In Full Swing, a new programme on the film's choreography and soundtrack featuring jazz and film critic Gary Giddins, dance critic Brian Seibert, and Dorothy Fields biographer Deborah Grace Winer New interview with film scholar Mia Mask on the Bojangles of Harlem number PLUS: An essay by critic Imogen Sara Smith
Contains the film titles: Top Hat: A musical comedy full of high style romance mistaken identity... and Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dancing and singing 11 of Irving Berlin's best songs. When Jerry Travers meets lovely Dale Tremont it's love at first sight for him. Unfortunately Dale's affections chill when she mistakenly believes he's her best friend's new husband. Now she's engaged to someone else... Will she find out Jerry's real identity before she goes ahead and mak
After a chimpanzee gets loose in a pharmaceutical lab and randomly concocts a youth-restoring drug, staid scientist Dr. Barnaby Fulton (Cary Grant) unknowingly samples the potion and acquires the energy and tempement of a college student!
From one of Hollywood s most acclaimed auteurs, Billy Wilder (Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard), comes the charming comedy classic The Major and the Minor. Legendary actress and dancer Ginger Rogers (Monkey Business) stars as Susan Applegate, a struggling young woman who pretends to be an 11-year old girl in order to buy a half-price train ticket. Fleeing the conductors, she hides in the compartment of Major Philip Kirby (Ray Milland, The Big Clock, The Pyjama Girl Case). The Major believes Susan is a child and takes her under his wing, but when they arrive at the military academy where Kirby teaches, his fiancÃ©e (Rita Johnson) grows suspicious of Susan's ruse... Co-written by Wilder and Charles Brackett (Hold Back the Dawn), The Major and the Minor assumes the guise of a light romance narrative in order to cleverly explore themes of identity and deception. Wilder s American debut is presented here for the first time in stunning High Definition, with a selection of illuminating extras. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS: High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation transferred from original film elements Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM audio soundtrack Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing New audio commentary by film scholar Adrian Martin Half Fare Please!, a newly filmed video appreciation by film critic Neil Sinyard Archival interview with Ray Milland Rare hour-long radio adaptation from 1943 starring Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland Image gallery Original trailer Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork FIRST PRESSING ONLY: COLLECTOR S BOOKLET WITH ESSAY BY RONALD BERGAN
After their roaring success in 'Top Hat' and 'Swing Time' 'Shall We Dance' is another classic Rogers/Astaire partnership. With the superbly exhilarating dance to 'They Can't Take That Away From Me' and 'Change Partners' the film also features one of the best known and fondly remembered dance routines ever performed by in 'Let's Call the Whole Thing Off' all on roller-skate!
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers whose last joint project had been made 10 years before come together one final time for this film. The magical pair play performers Josh and Dinah Barkley whose act - and marriage - break up when Dinah decides to become a ""serious actress"". Among the unforgettable numbers are: ""They Can't Take that Away from Me"" (which Astaire and Rogers first performed in 1937's ""Shall We Dance"") ""Shoes With Wings On"" ""Swing Trot"" and ""You'd Be So Hard to Replace"".
Following a case of mistaken identity dancer Jerry (Astaire) follows Dale (Rogers) the girl of his dreams to Europe and tries to win her heart through song and dance routines... This most lavish of musicals from Hollywood's golden era features lyrics and music by Irving Berlin.
Volume 1 of a collection of classic Marilyn Monroe movies including: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1956) Gentlemen may prefer blondes but this blonde bombshell prefers diamonds and lots of them! Glamorous showgirl Marilyn sets sail for France intent on marrying a rich yet boring beau. But anything can - and does - happen with the beautiful and fun-loving Jane Russell acting as chaperone. From celebrated director Howard Hawks this musical comedy classic features Marilyn's s
Top Hat (Dir. Mark Sandrich 1935): Following a case of mistaken identity dancer Jerry (Astaire) follows Dale (Rogers) the girl of his dreams to Europe and tries to win her heart through song and dance routines... This most lavish of musicals from Hollywood's golden era features lyrics and music by Irving Berlin. The Gay Divorcee (Dir. Mark Sandrich 1934): In one of their best loved most charming song-and-dance comedies Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers demonstrate just how they became best known as America's greatest dance team.
Bringing together two of Hollywood's best-loved stars - James Stewart (It's A Wonderful Life Harvey) and Ginger Rogers (Kitty Foyle Top Hat) - and directed by the masterly George Stevens (Swing Time Gunga Din) Vivacious Lady is a genuine treat. Dispatched to the big city to recover his way-ward cousin straight-laced Peter Morgan (Stewart) falls for night-club chanteuse Francey (Rogers ) and invites her to come home with him. However back home in his quiet small town the exuberant Francey causes quite a scene; Peter gets cold feet about telling his conservative father that they are married...
A glorious songburst of gaiety and laughter! Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers star in arguably their finest film together; packed with exhilarating dance routines and a marvellous score this is an indispensable musical classic! Swing Time is full of magical moments including a complex and delightful routine to Pick Yourself Up a luminous turn to Waltz In Swing Time and Astaire's breathtaking solo to Bojangles Of Harlem.
A lawyer sends his girlfriend who cannot decide whether to marry him to a psychiatrist to help her increase her confidence. However she falls hopelessly in love with the charming psychiatrist who is uncertain of his best course of action... This delightful film features a superb score from Irving Berlin including the songs 'I Used To Be Colour Blind' 'The Yam' and 'The Night Is Filled With Music'.
One of the greatest music and dance stars in the history of motion pictures Fred rose from a fairly inauspicious start where a studio exec remarked: ""Can't sing. Can't act. Slightly balding. Can dance a little."" Well his career and achievements speak for themselves. A remarkable talent this box set features 4 of his most-loved films. You'll Never Get Rich (Dir. Sidney Lanfield 1941): After his wife discovers a telltale diamond bracelet impresario Martin Cortland tries to
Legendary producer Pandro S. Berman acquired this sell out Broadway success and turned it into a hit motion picture starring Fred Astaire and not one but two of the greatest stage and screen dancers Irene Dunne and Ginger Rogers. The magic of 1920''s Paris is the backdrop as the City of Lights illuminates this film and also brings us the first great rendition of Smoke Get''s In Your Eyes. A template for future great Hollywood musicals. This is the third screen pairing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
This beautifully presented box set contains four of the best musicals from the Hollywood phenomenon that is Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The Gay Divorcee: A lively adaptation of the stage musical which featured Astaire and his sister Adele and the first film in which Astaire and Rogers actually received star billing. While vacationing at an English seaside resort a soon-to-be-divorced woman mistakes a lovestruck song-and-dance man for her paid co-respondent. As usual th
In separate stories five wedded couples learn that they are not legally married...
This mammoth of a box set contains eight discs and eight of the finest Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers features. Contains: 1. Top Hat 2. Shall We dance 3. Follow The Fleet 4. Carefree 5. The Gay Divorcee 6. Swing Time 7. Flying Down To Rio 8. The Story Of Vernon And Irene Castle For individual synopses please refer to the individual box sets.
An enchanting version of the most loved fairy tale Cinderella set to a Rodgers and Hammerstein score. Starring Academy Award nominated Lesley Ann Warren and Broadway star Stuart Damon – it is a magical, musical reimagining of the classic story.
In these five sumptuous vignettes set for the most part in New York, the black formal coat is the only linking device. We first come across the coat in short noir about a matinee idol (Charles Boyer) embroiled in a love triangle with a callous woman (Rita Hayworth) and her sadistic husband. The second is a comical tale starring Ginger Rogers, Cesar Romero and Henry Fonda about a love cheat and his best friend. The third is a tearjerker with Charles Laughton as an amateur musician yearning to.
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