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Swing Time Details


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

  • Release date:February 24, 1938


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jerome Kern Best Song 1936 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Hermes Pan Best Dance Direction 1936 Nominee


Fred Astaire
as John "Lucky" Garnett
Ginger Rogers
as Penelope "Penny" Carrol
Victor Moore
as Pop
Helen Broderick
as Mabel Anderson
Eric Blore
as Mr. Gordon
Betty Furness
as Margaret Watson
George Metaxa
as Ricardo Romero
Landers Stevens
as Judge Watson
Pierre Watkin
as Al Simpson
Frank Jenks
as Red
Donald Kerr
as dancer
Ralph Byrd
as Hotel Clerk
Charlie Hall
as Taxi Driver
Olin Francis
as Tough Mug
Floyd Shackelford
as Romero's Butler
Joey Ray
as Announcer
Ralph Brooks
as Dance Extra
Edgar Dearing
as Policeman
Fern Emmett
as Maid
Bess Flowers
Howard Hickman
as 1st Minister
Frank Mills
as Croupier
Dennis O'Keefe
Jack Rice
as Wedding Guest
Dale Van Sickel
as Diner
Ralph Brooks
as Dance Extra
Jack Rice
as Wedding Guest
Edgar Dearing
as Policeman
Frank Mills
as Croupier
Howard Hickman
as 1st Minister
Fern Emmett
as Maid


George Stevens
Pandro S. Berman
Howard Lindsay
Nathaniel Shilkret
Musical Direction/Supervision
Jerome Kern
Composer (Music Score)
Henry Berman
Van Nest Polglase
Art Director
Carroll Clark
Art Director
Darrell Silvera
Set Designer
Vernon Walker
Special Effects
Hermes Pan
Mel Burns