Category Archives: Dancing

Musicals 101 (Part Seven): The Freed Unit

  The Freed Unit: MGM Musicals, the Evolution of Integration. There’s a saying you might know – it’s pretty popular among classic film buffs, and it goes a little something like this  “MGM has more stars than there are in heaven.” Well, I’m … Continue reading

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Musicals 101 (Part Six): Fred and Ginger

  Musical 101: Fred and Ginger, The Reigning Royalty of Dance Without a doubt, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are the king and queen of the movie musical. Although absolutely wonderful on their own, together the two add up to … Continue reading

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Four Fun Classic Movie Dances on Roller Skates: Charles Chaplin, Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers, Donald O’Connor and Gene Kelly

Just for Fun: 1936:  Charlie Chaplin, marvelous — poetic and funny — on roller skates in Modern Times, with Paulette Goddard (1936, Charles Chaplin director) ….. 1937:  Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers skating to “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” in … Continue reading

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Classic Movie Legend Tribute: Fred Astaire

  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 … Continue reading

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Mini Tribute: Director Stanley Donen

  Born April 13, 1924 Director and Choreographer Stanley Donen! Short and sweet, three of my favorite Stanley Donen dance scenes, in no particular order: “I’m singin’ and dancin’ in the rain” – Gene Kelly, Singin’ in the Rain (1952, … Continue reading

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Mini Tribute: Gwen Verdon

Born January 13, 1925 Stage and Screen Actress Gwen Verdon! From leg braces to Broadway star (talk about inspirational!) – Gwen Verdon’s mom enrolled her in dance classes as a child to help strengthen her legs due childhood rickets. “Whatever … Continue reading

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Mini Tribute: Character Actress Sara Berner

Born January 12, 1912 Character and Voice Actress Sara Berner! Sara Berner’s adorable voice could be heard in over 85 shorts and films — including Road to Morocco (as Mabel the Lady Camel) and Anchors Aweigh (as Jerry Mouse) (both … Continue reading

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