Swing Time 1936
Swing Time is the last Fred & Ginger musical to have it all – lots of great songs from Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields, lots of great sets from Van Nest Polglase and Darrell Silvera, and lots of great dance numbers from Fred and Ginger. Even the plot, which stumbles badly in the early going, picks up momentum at the end.

The story tells of "Lucky" Garnett (Astaire), a gambler and and dancer engaged to Margaret Watson (Furness, in her pre-consumer advocacy days). When Lucky shows up late for his wedding, Margaret's father (Landers Stevens, the director's real-life father) tells him not to return until he earns $25,000 to prove that he's not just a layabout. Once Lucky meets dance teacher Penny Carrol (Rogers), however, his main problem is to keep from earning the 25 grand, since, of course, he falls in love with Penny.

BD50 | 1080p AVC | 01:43:46 | 42.6 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

Director: George Stevens
Cast: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Victor Moore
Country: USA
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance

• Audio commentary from 1986 featuring John Mueller, author of Astaire Dancing: The Musical Films
• Archival interviews with performers Fred Astaire (2:04) and Ginger Rogers (1980 - 21:06, 1982 - 4:09) and choreographer Hermes Pan (5:04)
• New interview with George Stevens Jr. (7:21)
• In Full Swing, a new program on the film’s choreography and soundtrack featuring jazz and film critic Gary Giddins, dance critic Brian Seibert, and Dorothy Fields biographer Deborah Grace Winer (40:56)
• New interview with film scholar Mia Mask on the “Bojangles of Harlem” number (8:34)