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Swing Time (1936)

As we move further back in time with Fred and Ginger the formula’s becoming clearer and the films are finding that sweet spot that keeps me intrigued. Swing Time marks director George Stevens’ second appearance as part of the July Five, although this gave me more enjoyment than the boring Annie Oakley. The dancing is prevalent,…

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Shall We Dance (1937)

Shall We Dance, the seventh out of ten films starring Fred and Ginger, certainly proves the dancing duo had tweaked their formula since the all dancing, no plot film that was The Gay Divorcee. Featuring several legendary songs composed by the Gershwins (most famously, “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” and “They Can’t Take That…

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The Gay Divorcee (1934)

The final week of The July Five is upon us. But don’t be too sad…we’re gonna end  the month dancing with the illustrious duo, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers! I’ve included several of their films on previous TCM Top Ten lists, but have only seen one, The Barkleys of Broadway (Wednesday’s review). With that, The…

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My Reputation (1946)

The final film of Barbara Stanwyck week is one I had previously experienced part of. Having previously watched half of My Reputation, the latter half, I was intrigued by a human exploration of women’s roles once they enter widowhood. Much like East Side, West Side, My Reputation benefits from a female screenwriter, Catherine Turney, who…

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East Side, West Side (1949)

After the disappointing Annie Oakley, I yearned for something good. Thankfully, I found it with director Mervyn LeRoy A-list melodrama, East Side, West Side. In my review of Oakley I complained about Barbara’s agency and accomplishments being negated for love of a man. Screenwriter Isobel Lennart takes the typical “woman’s picture,” infusing it with emotion…