HOLIDAY INN
1942, Universal, 100 min, USA, Dir: Mark Sandrich

In an all-too-rare pairing, Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire star as song-and-dance men vying for the heart of Marjorie Reynolds while performing at a club open only on holidays. Irving Berlin supplied the film’s story and all of its songs, including Oscar winner “White Christmas.” This musical gem inspired the name of the famous hotel chain.


YOU’LL NEVER GET RICH
1941, Sony Repertory, 88 min, USA, Dir: Sidney Lanfield

Rita Hayworth became a star playing a dancer wooed by choreographer Fred Astaire after he’s been drafted into the Army. Costar Robert Benchley provides laughs and composer Cole Porter provides the songs in this delightful wartime musical.


ZIEGFELD FOLLIES
1945, Warner Bros., 110 min, USA, Dir: Lemuel Ayers, Roy Del Ruth

A cavalcade of MGM stars populates this musical omnibus, with highlights from Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, William Powell, Red Skelton, Esther Williams, Lucille Ball, Judy Garland, and many others. A must-see for fans of classic Hollywood.


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