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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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Anchors Aweigh (1945)

We conclude Gene Kelly week a bit disappointed. On the Town was a charming musical taking three separate stories, separated and combined them, presenting a solid, albeit thin tale in a well paced ninety minutes. Now imagine reducing that story to two sailors and one girl, adding in a love triangle, Jose Iturbi, Tom and…

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On the Town (1949)

Can I just say, I’m fairly proud of myself that I got through the first two weeks of the July Five before falling behind on posting. However, Gene Kelly week is coming to a close and where are we? I deliberately started put Kelly’s 1950s titles first since, by then, he was established as a…