Saturday, September 18, 2010
Eleanor Powell & Fred Astaire in Broadway Melody of 1940
Here are some notable facts about the film:
Planned to be shot in Technicolor, but made in black and white.
It had been reported that Fred Astaire was intimidated by Eleanor Powell because she was one of the few female tap dancers capable of out-performing him.
Follows The Broadway Melody (1929), Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935) and Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937). Another film in the series was planned, "Broadway Melody of 1943" starring Eleanor Powell and Gene Kelly. However, that project was abandoned, and a dance number filmed by Eleanor Powell was edited into Thousands Cheer (1943).
Here is the Begin the Beguine clip from Broadway Melody of 1940: