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Directed by: Mark Sandrich

Starring:

Fred Astaire

Petrov (Peter P. 'Pete' Peters)

Ginger Rogers

Linda Keene(Thompson)

Edward Everett Horton

Jeffrey Baird, Petrov's Manager

Eric Blore

Cecil Flintridge, Hotel Floor manager

Ketti Gallian

Lady Denise Tarrington

William Brisbane

Jim Montgomery, Keene's fiance

Jerome Cowan

Arthur Miller

Also featuring: Harriet Hoctor

Produced by: Pandro S. Berman

Written by: Harold Buchman, Lee Loeb, Ernest Pagano, Allan Scott, P.J. Wolfson

Choreographed by: Hermes Pan & Harry Losee

Cinematography: David Abel

Words and Music by: George and Ira Gershwin

Production Company: RKO

Premiere: New York, May 13, 1937

Synopsis (from VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever 2001): And Shall We Ever! Seventh Rogers-Astaire pairing has a famous ballet dancer and a musical-comedy star embark on a promotional romance and marriage to boost their careers only to find themselves falling in love. Songs by the Gershwins includes memorable songs. Thin, lame plot- but that's okay. For fans of good singing and dancing, and especially of this immortal pair. (3 out of 4)

P.J. Says:

Terrific movie, lovely score. Unlike some of Fred's other movies which we all wish had more songs and more dancing, this one seems to have so much music that they ran out dancing to do. "Beginner's Luck" and "They Can't Take That Away From Me" both deserved dances to go with them. Fortunately, one of those got one years later.

Still, this is the last movie to follow the established Fred and Ginger formula. Fred falls in love with her for no obvious reason (other than it's HER), then chases her around. She gets extremely annoyed with him, nearly marries someone else, but then everything gets resolved and we have the big dance number at the end.

Sadly, this is also the last time we see Ed Horton, although Eric Blore would reappear later. They made a great supporting act!

Of the movie, the rollerskate sequence is notable, both for the dance (Ginger constantly looks like she's on the verge of falling over, and I don't know if that's good acting or good balance!) and for the song written for it, which has become a classic.

I personally don't enjoy the ballet sections, especially since Harriet Hoctor is very disconcerting (Is it me or is there something wrong with her eyes??). Once the music picks up, though, it's fine.

This movie is a solid midrange effort that does everything well but nothing exceptionally well- with one exception: I think Ginger's acting during "They Can't Take That Away From Me" is wonderfully emotive. Just watch her expression change as Fred sings. It's the most romantic non-dancing moment in the whole series.

 

The final word:

Dancing value: 9/10
Acting value: 8/10
Entertainment value: 9/10

Overall Ranking: 10/31

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Last Updated on Monday, 12 October 2009 11:30