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Classic Movie Legend Tribute: Fred Astaire

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by minooallen on May 10, 2013

  Happy Birthday to Classic Movie Legend, Fred Astaire, born May 10th, 1899! Eleven. That is the number of Fred Astaire films I own. He manages to pop up in my film collection more than any other star. Sure, part of that may have something to do with my absolute love for musicals. But if that read more

Happy Birthday Fred Astaire

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on May 10, 2013

So today would have been the birthday of the legendary dancer Fred Astaire and I want to just remember him briefly. I heard it said once that certain people are pioneers in film but Astaire was both revolutionary and simply the best film dancer that there has been to date. He pioneered his art form read more

Rita Hayworth and Fred Astaire on the set of “You Were Never Lovelier” (1942)

Classic Cinema Gold Posted by Art on Dec 30, 2012

  “You Were Never Lovelier” (1942 – Columbia Pictures) is a musical comedy starring Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Adolphe Menjou and Xavier Cugat, with music by Jerome Kern and lyrics by Johnny Mercer. The film was directed by William A. Seiter.  ”You Were Never Lovelier& read more

“You Were Never Lovelier” (1942) with Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth

Classic Cinema Gold Posted by Art on May 5, 2012

HAYWORTH–never lovelier! ASTAIRE–never more exciting! KERN’S MUSIC–never more inspired! “You Were Never Lovelier” (Columbia Pictures) is a 1942 Hollywood musical comedy film, set in Buenos Aires. The movie stars Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Adolphe Menjou a read more

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers (1)

Classic Cinema Gold Posted by Art on Apr 21, 2012

“Ginger was brilliantly effective. She made everything work for her. Actually, she made things very fine for the both of us and she deserves most of the credit for our success.” ~ Fred Astaire on Ginger Rogers “I adore the man. I always have adored him. It was the most fortunate thin read more

Great On Screen Couples: Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

Noir and Chick Flicks Posted by Dawn on Feb 3, 2012

Great On Screen Couple: Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, dancing and singing numbers were a bright spot for many movie goers during the Great Depression. Their cheerful plots and wonderful characters, were showcased in beautiful Art Deco sets and supported with the most talented performers of the e read more

Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly

Classic Cinema Gold Posted by Art on Jan 19, 2012

Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly were the two most popular and best known male dancers in the history of cinema. They have both co-starred and danced with many of the most beautiful actresses/dancers of their time. The only time they ever danced together on the big screen was in “Ziegfeld Follies read more

Fred Astaire: Three Of My Favorite Dance Scenes That Do Not Include Ginger

Classic Cinema Gold Posted by Art on May 10, 2011

Throughout his career, Fred Astaire had over one hundred and fifty solo and partnered dances in his thirty one Hollywood musical comedy films and his several television specials and appearances. In honor of his birthday, May 10, 1899, these are three of my favorites that do not include Ginger. Fre read more

“Easter Parade” – Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Ann Miller

Classic Cinema Gold Posted by Art on Apr 22, 2011

Full of melody! Full of young love! The happiest musical ever made!! Trailer for Easter Parade (1948) Don Hewes (Fred Astaire): “Miss Brown, what idiot ever told you you were a dancer?” Hannah Brown (Judy Garland): “You did!” Easter Parade is a 1948 American musical f read more

Blue Skies – Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Joan Caulfield

Classic Cinema Gold Posted by Art on Mar 19, 2011

Blue Skies (1946 Paramount Pictures) is a star studded musical comedy starring Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Joan Caulfield, Olga San Juan, and Billy de Wolfe. The music, lyrics, and story are by Irving Berlin. The movie is narrated by Jed Potter (Astaire) as he looks back on a love triangle between read more

“Flying Down To Rio” – Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers

Classic Cinema Gold Posted by Art on Feb 2, 2011

 Flying Down To Rio (RKO Pictures 1933) is known as the movie that made Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers into the renowned dance team duo they are still known as today. Astaire and Rogers were not the main  headliners of Flying Down To Rio though. They were billed as fourth and fifth stars behind read more

Newsreels of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire.

Noir and Chick Flicks Posted by Dawn on Jul 22, 2010

Newsreels of Ginger making imprints at Grauman's Chinese Theater 1939, receiving her Academy Award 1941, Fred dancing and introducing his sister Adele at the Stage Door Canteen in London 1944, Fred dancing on the streets of Paris 1944, Fred and Ginger at the Oscar's 1967 (mute) and more. read more

Monday Serenade: Fred Astaire on the Tonight Show

Classic Movies Posted by KC on May 10, 2010

I can't think of another classic star who aged as gracefully as Fred Astaire did (please feel free to challenge me on that one). I believe he ripened into an even more charming character than he was in his youth. To celebrate what would have been his birthday, I'm sharing this lovely 1976 read more

TV Tuesday: Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire for Western Airlines

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Apr 20, 2010

How have I never heard of this commercial? What a find! Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire are charming in this 1985 ad for Western Airlines, though it is a shame they don't dance. I love how Astaire always wore those fancy scarves around his neck; he had such a relaxed, but sophisticated style. read more

TV Tuesday: Fred Astaire on What's My Line?

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Oct 27, 2009

I can't get enough of these guest appearances from What's My Line? Here's a playful Fred Astaire in 1955. I love that shot of his long, graceful hand as he signs in on the chalkboard. He was so humble in all his personal appearances; it's almost as if he didn't realize what a huge star he read more