Miller Classic Movies: Swing Time

Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, just backwards and in heels

Hollywood was doing its best to cheer up Americans after the Depression, and the 1936 musical Swing Timewas one of its best efforts. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, glamorous, chic and light on their feet, star as gambler Lucky and dance school instructor Penny. Lucky's set to marry someone else, but falls in love with Penny during several classic dance routines, including "The Way You Look Tonight" and "Never Gonna Dance." With music by Jerome Kern and lyrics by Dorothy Fields, the film was directed by George Stevens (who was rumored to be having an affair with Rogers during filming). It was named to both Entertainment Weekly's top 100 films and AFI's 100 Years' 100 Movies. 8:30 p.m. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive. For information, call 281-373-3386 or visit www.milleroutdoortheatre.com. Free.
Fri., June 11, 8:30 p.m., 2010

 
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