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The Barkleys of Broadway

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.

With:
Fred Astaire Ginger Rogers Oscar Levant Billie Burke Gale Robbins George Zucco

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

The Barkleys of Broadway

Production: M-G-M. Director Charles Walters; Producer Arthur Freed; Screenplay Betty Comden, Adolph Green; Camera Harry Stradling; Editor Albert Akst; Music Lenny Hayton (dir.); Art Director Cedric Gibbons, Edward Carfagno

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1949. Running time: 102 MIN.

With: Fred Astaire Ginger Rogers Oscar Levant Billie Burke Gale Robbins George Zucco

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