Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Happy Birthday: Fred Astaire!

(May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987), was a film and Broadway stage dancer, choreographer, singer and actor. His career spanned a total of 76 years, during which he made 31 musical films. He made 10 films with Ginger Rogers.

The video is from the film, The Sky's The Limit (1943). A musical comedy film with a wartime theme starring Fred Astaire, Joan Leslie, Robert Benchley, Robert Ryan and Eric Blore, with music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by Johnny Mercer. The film was directed by Edward H. Griffith. This video is the dance number named, One For My Baby: In this solo Astaire shows anger, frustration while trying to create as much noise as possible with his taps. The number took two and a half days to shoot. Astaire was sometimes criticised by other choreographers for having a limited range of emotions in his dancing, and it is possible that this routine was his response.

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