Stef (firecat) wrote,

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?
Tags: bechdel rule, check it out, movies
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