“Nothing’s impossible, I have found …” September 4, 2007Posted by Jeff in 1929 through WWII, Dance, Fred Astaire, Jerome Kern, Movies, Musicals.
The other best remembered dance number from Swing Time (1936), a movie originally titled Never Gonna Dance. And it certainly seems that way; here were are almost half an hour into the movie and believe it or not Fred and Ginger haven’t danced yet.
Arlene Croce points out in The Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers Book that Fred’s choreography is based on the simple one-two-three step that Ginger tried to teach him in the lead-in.
Character actor Eric Blore (1887-1959, right) appeared in five of the Astaire/Rogers RKO movies; this was one of the few in which he didn’t play a butler or a waiter. He also appeared in two memorable roles in Preston Sturges movies, as Sir Alfred McGlennan Keith in The Lady Eve and as Joel McCrea’s valet in Sullivan’s Travels.