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Swing Time (1936)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 12 October 1936 (Brazil)
A performer and gambler travels to New York City to raise the $25,000 he needs to marry his fiancée, only to become entangled with a beautiful aspiring dancer.

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Storyline

Lucky is tricked into missing his wedding to Margaret by the other members of Pop's magic and dance act, and has to make $25000 to be allowed to marry her. He and Pop go to New York where they run into Penny, a dancing instructor. She and Lucky form a successful dance partnership, but romance is blighted (till the end of the film at least!) by his old attachment to Margaret and hers for Ricardo, the band leader who won't play for them to dance together. Written by Sebastian Gibbs <sjg94@aber.ac.uk>

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I Won't Dance  »

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$886,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original concept of "Bojangles of Harlem" was actually much more elaborate than what ended up on film. A scenario called "Hot Fields" was prepared as a loose parody of the all-black vehicle "Green Pastures." It would have involved the Bojangles character traveling through a variety of stylized sets representing Heaven, Hell and jungle locations, and would have involved many routines with that most familiar Bill Robinson setting - stairs. Thirty-three scenes would have been required. No doubt such an elaborate series of sequences was deemed to be too expensive to construct and film. All that remains in the film is an introduction to the character involving an outsized bowler hat which turns into enormously long legs. See more »

Goofs

Mabel sits as Romero leaves after proposing. The position of her foot and crossed legs changes several times. See more »

Quotes

Everett 'Pop' Cardetti: Lucky, please don't feel bad. You still got me. Course I ain't a young and pretty girl. I ain't even a girl, but I'll stick. I'll never leave you.
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Pick Yourself Up
(1936) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Music by Jerome Kern
Sung and Danced by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
Danced by Victor Moore and Helen Broderick
Played in the score often
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Another Delightful and Naive Romance of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire
11 November 2011 | by See all my reviews

The dancer and gambler Lucky Garnett (Fred Astaire) misses his wedding with Margaret Watson (Betty Furness) due to a prank of the other performers and his future father-in-law calls off the ceremony. When Lucky arrives at his fiancée's home, he promises to make US$ 25,000.00 to be allowed to marry her.

Lucky travels to New York by train with his friend and magician Pop Cardetti (Victor Moore) and he stumbles with the dance instructor Penny Carroll (Ginger Rogers) on the streets of the big city. He follows her to the dance academy and they team-up in the end. When they are ready to dance together in an elegant club, Penny's former affair and conductor of the orchestra Ricky Romero (Georges Metaxa) refuses to play for them.

Meanwhile Lucky wins lots of money gambling and Penny falls in love with him. Lucky decides to stop gambling in order to NOT raise US$ 25,000.00. But when Margaret arrives in the club to see his show, Lucky has to take a decision about his previous commitment with Margaret and his true love with Penny.

"Swing Time" is another delightful and naive romance of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. The story is very funny specially the scenes where the clumsy Pop participates and this is the first time that I see Ginger Rogers' character chasing Fred Astaire's one. As usual, there are wonderful dance numbers with this charming couple. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Ritmo Louco" ("Crazy Rhythm")


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