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Past Films

Swing Time (1936)

  • Starring: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Victor Moore, Eric Blore, Victor Moore
  • Director: George Stevens Jr.
  • Genre(s): Classics, Musical, Performing Arts, Romance
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 103 min.

These FREE screenings are part of MOXIE FLIX, a monthly series focusing on essential films for kids to see before they turn 13.

Film Synopsis: The sixth of RKO’s Fred Astaire -Ginger Rogers pairings of the 1930s, Swing Time starts off with bandleader Astaire getting cold feet on his wedding day. Astaire’s bride-to-be Betty Furness will give him a second chance, providing he proves himself responsible enough to earn $25,000. Astaire naturally tries to avoid earning that amount once he falls in love with dance instructor Ginger Rogers. Numerous complications ensue, leading to the “second time’s the charm” climax, with Ginger escaping her own wedding to wealthy Georges Metaxa in order to be reunited with Astaire. The film’s most indelible image is that of Fred Astaire, immaculately attired in top hat and tails, hopping a freight car—a perfect encapsulation of the film’s Depression-era cheekiness. The Jerome Kern-Dorothy Fields score includes such standards-to-be as “Pick Yourself Up,” “A Fine Romance,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” “Never Gonna Dance” and “Bojangles of Harlem.” The peerless supporting cast of Swing Time includes Helen Broderick, Victor Moore, Eric Blore, and Landers Stevens, the actor-father of the film’s director, George Stevens. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

A thorough, spoiler-filled Parent’s Guide can be found here.

Made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Missouri Arts Council.

"Another winner for the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers combo. It's smart, modern, and impressive in every respect, from its boy-loses-girl background to its tunefulness, dancipation, production quality and general high standards."
- Variety Staff, Variety
"One of the best of the Astaire-Rogers musicals, and one that shouldn't have worked as well as it did."
- Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"The score by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields is peerless."
- Stephen Garrett, Time Out
"Of all of the places the movies have created, one of the most magical and enduring is the universe of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Showtimes

  • Friday, 5/19 4:30pm
  • Saturday, 5/20 10:00am