TOP HAT may be more energetic and glossy, but SWING TIME is arguably the most magical of the ten films Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers made together. Their dancing and acting rapport are at a peak and director George Stevens shows more finesse than Mark Sandrich in lending the couple's
rocky romance a genuinely heartfelt quality. This film seems to be more about
the Astaire-Rogers mystique than any of the others, so it's especially poignant when Fred sings that he's "Never Gonna Dance" if he can't have Ginger.
The story tells of "Lucky" Garnett (Astaire), a gambler and and dancer engaged to Margaret Watson (Furness, in her pre-consumer advocacy days). When...