Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Gay Divorcee (1934)

I have to confess that this is the first Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers movie I've seen. I never saw the appeal in movies where the focus was (or so I thought) on dancing. In actuality, this is a very clever and funny romantic comedy. The singing and dancing is used in light doses that add to the picture.

Astaire plays, not surprisingly, a dancer who meets a young divorcée (Rogers) while they are traveling in Europe. She wants nothing to do with him as he comes on a little too strong for her liking and she is still trying to get her husband to agree to a divorce.

And, since this is a romantic comedy, of course her lawyer is friends with Astaire and she ends up incorrectly thinking that Astaire is the man hired by the lawyer to make her husband jealous. Hilarity, and dancing, ensues. Good show! (And no need to mention that this title would work as a completely different type of comedy today).

103 to go...

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