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fred & ginger

The OH loves Fred Astaire movies and I generally find them irritating in one way or another, except for the dancing. But tonight's movie, Roberta, was an exception. It had great songs, several strong women characters, and even a couple of charming, non-buffoonish fat characters. It had some great geeky dialogue. It even qualifies under the Bechdel Rule.

The leading man was played by Randolph Scott, who I gather usually played in Westerns, but he was especially cute and charming in this movie - he had an open face that most of the romantic leads of the era didn't have, and a great "gee, you're swell!" gaze.

Even the OH had never heard of the movie before (it came in his Fred & Ginger collection). There are a lot of rave reviews on IMDB. We were speculating why it never became as popular as other Fred & Ginger movies. Maybe because Fred & Ginger aren't the official romantic lead stars, they're supporting actors (although they have plenty of screen time and they do have a romance). Or maybe because there's a death, or exiled Russian nobility, or a lengthy fashion show. Who knows?

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selki
Jun. 19th, 2007 06:02 am (UTC)
Sounds great!
suzanne
Jun. 19th, 2007 06:06 am (UTC)
Ohhh, sounds good to me. *goes and adds to netflix queue.*

suzanne
sarahmichigan
Jun. 19th, 2007 11:22 am (UTC)
Randolph Scott, who I gather usually played in Westerns
And who was rumored to be Cary Grant's gay lover:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randolph_Scott#Rumored_Homosexuality
firecat
Jun. 19th, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Randolph Scott, who I gather usually played in Westerns
Oh, juicy!
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