With Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers The Barkleys of Broadway is an ace dance fest, presenting them at their terpsichorean best against a production background that is Metro at its lushest. However, the songs are ordinary.
The screen’s most complementary dance team glides through five dance numbers [staged and directed by Robert Alton] with the grace and apparent spontaneity that is their trademark when appearing together.
Sixth dance number is done solo by Astaire. It is the combination of special effects and Astaire hoofing in a dance with shoes that spellbinds into standout terping.
Plot is light, but ties together neatly in depicting a more or less standard story of a Broadway star team of man and wife who have a misunderstanding, separate and then get back together for the finale. Dialog is good and the cast is very competent.
1949: Nomination: Best Color Cinematography