The Dancing Was OK at Least!
The DVD has a few more features than your standard trailers and commentaries. We also have a whole "making of" of this film, into some bio data regarding Powell and Astaire and how Astaire would drill and drill the same routine for hours until it was perfect.
Story & Plot:
It's a typical boy meets girl story. A washed up pair of dancers are taking small gigs and barely getting by and are considering breaking up the team. Through some mistaken identity they meet Powell's character. Much dancing and mix up and silliness ensues. There's not as much flamboyance nor as much humor as in "Top Hat" but there is plenty of drama and tension that makes for an interesting story.
[The whole Begin the Beguine routine!]
Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine" sequence is the best. The mirrors and the bright lights, the whole stage cost MGM a mint and it was worth it. Powell and Astaire glide across the floor and they match each other tap for tap. Amazing rhythm and choreography. George Murphy is not bad either as he attempts to keep up with this pair.
I'm still pretty new to the classic film set, but do know great entertainment when I see it. Powell is the female version of Astaire and I'm surprised she is not as well known. This is a must-see movie, especially for fans of Cole Porter's music.
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