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.


CAREFREE
1938, Warner Bros., 83 min, USA, Dir: Mark Sandrich

Featuring their longest screen kiss, this screwball musical pits Fred Astaire as Dr. Tony Flagg, a psychiatrist taking on patient Amanda Cooper (Ginger Rogers) - who is also the fiancée of his friend (Ralph Bellamy). Love and chaos ensue as Dr. Flagg tries to cure Amanda with hypnosis and ends up propelling her into a hilariously carefree state. Songs by Irving Berlin include “I Used to Be Color Blind” and the Oscar-nominated “Change Partners.” With Franklin Pangborn.


THE GAY DIVORCEE
1934, Warner Bros., 107 min, USA, Dir: Mark Sandrich

The first of the great Astaire-Rogers musicals features terrific tunes (Cole Porter's "Night and Day," Conrad and Magidson's "The Continental"), pitch-perfect performances (including the always reliable Edward Everett Horton in a supporting role) and elaborate choreography that Fred and Ginger make look effortless. The prototypical Astaire-Rogers musical.


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