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Swing Time (1936) was a Comedy - Musical Film directed by George Stevens and produced by Pandro S. Berman.

Swing Time was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2004.

Academy Awards 1936 --- Ceremony Number 9 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Music - SongMusic by Jerome Kern; Lyrics by Dorothy FieldsWon
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Swing Time (1936)

By Cameron on Oct 25, 2017 From The Blonde At The Film

via: http://beverlygray.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/lights-out-for-la-la-land.html ? Unless otherwise noted, all images are my own. Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire are back in their sixth of ten films together. Swing Time (1936) is usually considered one of the best of the bunch, mostly because of the sco... Read full article


DOUBLE BILL #3 Top Hat (1935) and Swing Time (1936)

By Carol Martinheira on Jun 4, 2017 From The Old Hollywood Garden

DOUBLE BILL #3 Top Hat (1935) and Swing Time (1936) On June 4, 2017June 4, 2017 By CarolIn Uncategorized Musicals of the 1930s are pretty much screwball comedies with songs. And they?re absolutely fabulous. Especially Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers ones. Ten adorable l... Read full article


Swing Time (1936) – Updated

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jan 13, 2016 From 4 Star Films

I wondered to myself, after watching Swing Time once again, if anyone else might have easily taken Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’ places as films greatest dancing couple, and then I quickly discarded this heretical idea. They appeared in 10 films together with this film directed by George Ste... Read full article


Review: Swing Time (1936)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jan 13, 2016 From 4 Star Films

I wondered to myself, after watching Swing Time once again, if anyone else might have easily taken Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’ places as films greatest dancing couple, and then I quickly discarded this heretical idea. They appeared in 10 films together with this film directed by George Ste... Read full article


Review: Swing Time (1936)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jan 13, 2016 From 4 Star Films

I wondered to myself, after watching Swing Time once again, if anyone else might have easily taken Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’ places as films greatest dancing couple, and then I quickly discarded this heretical idea. They appeared in 10 films together with this film directed by George Ste... Read full article


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Quotes from

Lucky Garnett: Please teacher, teach me something. Nice teacher, teach me something. I'm as awkward as a camel, that's not the worst... My two feet haven't met yet, but I'll be teacher's pet yet, 'cause I'm gonna learn to dance or burst. Nothing's impossible I have found, for when my chin is on the ground, I pick myself up, dust myself off, and start all over again. Don't lose your confidence - if you slip, be grateful for a pleasant trip and pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again. Work like a soul inspired, till the battle of the day is won. You may be sick and tired, but you'll be a man, my son! Will you remember the famous men, who had to fall to rise again? So take a deep breath, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, start all over again. I'll get some self assurance if your endurance is great. I'll learn by easy stages if you're courageous and wait. To feel the strength I want to-- I must hang on to your hand. Maybe by the time I'm fifty I'll get up and do a nifty... Nothing's impossible I have found, for when my chin is on the ground, I pick myself up, dust myself off, start all over again.


Penny Carroll: Listen. No one could teach you to dance in a million years. Take my advice and save your money!


Mabel Anderson: [Mable thinks she's talking to Pop and turns to a young lady sitting at one of the tables] Oh, listen girlie! Don't worry about me. I always talk to myself... you see, I'm my own grandmother and I have to keep the old girl interested!


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Facts about

The shadow dance idea for "Bojangles of Harlem" occurred to choreographer Hermes Pan and Fred Astaire during rehearsals, when three different light sources illuminating Astaire produced three shadows.
Fred Astaire always insisted that his dance routines be filmed in one continuous camera shot, showing the dancer(s) from head to foot. However, in the "Never Gonna Dance" number, there is an obvious moment when 'Astaire and Rogers' reach the tops of their respective winding staircases that the camera shot changes quickly to reflect the fact that the filming camera had to be brought upstairs to shoot the close-up finale of the dance number.
In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked this as the #90 Greatest Movie of All Time. It was the first inclusion of this film on the list.
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