Last but one of the RKO Astaire-Rogers series, Carefree is the one in which Ginger falls for Fred (rather than the other way round), Fred dances and drives golf-balls at the same time (the title number - it's said the balls fell in a very tight group bang in the middle of the fairway), Ralph Bellamy socks Ginger in the jaw, and Fred and Ginger perform what has been called 'the kiss of the century'. Not quite as unrelievedly marvellous as the earlier films, Carefree is short on length and numbers (Berlin's 'Change Partners' is its all-time hit) and on funny supporters and lines. But there can be few better ways of passing the time than watching Fred's psychiatrist hypnotising Ginger's pert patient, or the pair of them doing 'The Yam'.
Cast and crew
Ernest Pagano, Allan Scott, Dudley Nichols, Hagar Wilde
Fred Astaire Ginger Rogers Ralph Bellamy Luella Gear Jack Carson Franklin Pangborn