I really, one hundred percent, absolutely love these two. And if you don't, I'm gonna tell you why you should too.
1935's Top Hat quickly became one of my favorite films when I first saw it in one of my many film classes. This scene in particular is what first made me fall in love.
Watching Fred Astaire sing to an uninterested Ginger Rogers felt silly at first but as I started to notice Rogers's shy smiles, I started to smile too (I'll admit it, I kind of felt he he was singing to me too). And once they start dancing, you can see how great they look together onscreen.
I haven't seen the movie (I believe it's Roberta, also released in 1935) this dance number is from but just watching it fills me with joy. One of the most impressive things about (almost) all of Rogers and Astaire's dance numbers is that they're usually done in one take.
Listening to them laugh while they tap and perform ridiculous (to me, anyway) dance moves makes me equal parts jealous and amazed.
This song from Swing Time (1936) is one of the few things that can pick me up if I'm having a tough day. In the scene Astaire is pretending to be a bad dancer just so Rogers will dance with him, which is weirdly romantic. But the message of "picking yourself up, dusting yourself off, and starting all over again" is a great one for anybody who hits a road block.
Shortly after this song, he reveals to her that he does know how to dance and if you're interested you can watch that below!
You know, I like to think of myself as a roguish, surly, punk, pretentious hipster. But, I won't be afraid to admit that I love musicals starring Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire from the 1930s.
What about you guys? What do you think about these two? Hopefully, I converted you to the magical world that is tap-dancing/singing on screen. Please let me know in the comments!