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An Evening with Fred Astaire (1958)

Director:

Bud Yorkin

Writer:

Herbert Baker (special material by)
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Won 9 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Fred Astaire ... Himself
Jonah Jones Jonah Jones ... Himself
David Rose David Rose ... Himself - Orchestra Leader
Barrie Chase ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Art Gilmore ... Himself - Announcer
Larri Thomas ... Herself (Hermes Pan Dancer)
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fred Astaire singt und tanzt See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Was the first color show pre-recorded on Television Tape at NBC's new state-of-the-art "Color City" studios in Burbank, California. See more »

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Followed by Astaire Time (1960) See more »

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St. James Infirmary
by Joe Primrose
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The Dancing Master Himself
27 January 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

For a man with a thin, reedy, but pleasant voice it is astonishing that the best composers America ever produced wrote for this man on both stage and screen. When you've introduced songs by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin and Vincent Youmans you are keeping step in some mighty good company. Which is the music Fred Astaire stepped to during his entire career.

This first of two specials with the Dancing Master himself has him singing and dancing with partner Barrie Chase, and trumpeter Jonah Jones and his jazz combo. Fred gets to do a number of his famous film and stage songs and the highlight for me was a new dance routine done to the old blues number, The Saint James Infirmary. Jonah Jones sings it and Astaire and Chase dance heavenly.

Frank Sinatra later patented this kind of special with only one or two guests, but Astaire was the one who did two of them first and if not best, different. As a dancer it was not an intimate saloon song that he used, but the full stage to practice his art.

If this is ever broadcast don't miss it. Or the succeeding special the following year.


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