Summer Classics: Swing Time

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Summer Classics: Swing Time
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Summer Classics: Swing Time says
1936 / 1h 43m / Not Rated / Musical

Lucky Garnett (Fred Astaire), a dancer and a bit of a gambler, gets tricked by the rest of his troupe into missing his own wedding. By the time he arrives, all the guests have left and the father of the bride is very angry indeed. The only way he’ll agree to let this layabout marry his daughter is if Lucky can raise $25,000, so he heads off to New York City to try to start earning. Along the way, he meets dance instructor Penny Carroll (Ginger Rogers) and they begin falling in love. But Lucky still feels tied to his fiancée, and Penny has trouble breaking it off with her band leader and former romantic partner. That’s all fine, but the plot isn’t why you come. You come for Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire dancing, and they never did that better than they did in this film. Swing Time is their masterpiece of filmed dance.

USF film professor Harriet Deer and her son, musical theater expert Joe Deer, will lead a short discussion of Swing Time immediately after the film. The session is free and open to the public.

The Summer Classics Movie Series is presented by Bank of America. Media support is provided by WEDU-PBS.
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By: Tampa Theatre