George Stevens

Swing Time

Swing Time

In this irresistible musical, the legendary dancing duo Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are at the pinnacle of their art as a feckless gambler and the shrewd dancing instructor in whom he more than meets his match. Director George Stevens laces their romance with humor and clears the floor for the movie’s showstopping dance scenes, in which Astaire and Rogers take seemingly effortless flight in a virtuosic fusion of ballroom and tap styles. Buoyed by beloved songs by Dorothy Fields and Jerome Kern—including the Oscar-winning classic “The Way You Look Tonight”—Swing Time is an exuberant celebration of its stars’ chemistry, grace, and sheer joy in the act of performance.

Film Info

  • George Stevens
  • United States
  • 1936
  • 103 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.37:1
  • English
  • Spine #979

Special Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 1986 featuring John Mueller, author of Astaire Dancing: The Musical Films
  • Archival interviews with performers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and choreographer Hermes Pan
  • New interview with George Stevens Jr.
  • In Full Swing, a new program on the film’s choreography and soundtrack featuring jazz and film critic Gary Giddins, dance critic Brian Seibert, and Dorothy Fields biographer Deborah Grace Winer
  • New interview with film scholar Mia Mask on the “Bojangles of Harlem” number
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Imogen Sara Smith

New cover by Raphael Geroni

Purchase Options

Coming soon, available Jun 11, 2019

Special Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 1986 featuring John Mueller, author of Astaire Dancing: The Musical Films
  • Archival interviews with performers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and choreographer Hermes Pan
  • New interview with George Stevens Jr.
  • In Full Swing, a new program on the film’s choreography and soundtrack featuring jazz and film critic Gary Giddins, dance critic Brian Seibert, and Dorothy Fields biographer Deborah Grace Winer
  • New interview with film scholar Mia Mask on the “Bojangles of Harlem” number
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Imogen Sara Smith

New cover by Raphael Geroni

Swing Time
Cast
Fred Astaire
John “Lucky” Garnett
Ginger Rogers
Penny Carrol
Victor Moore
Pop
Helen Broderick
Mabel Anderson
Eric Blore
Mr. Gordon
Georges Metaxa
Ricardo Romero
Betty Furness
Margaret Watson
Credits
Director
George Stevens
Produced by
Pandro S. Berman
Music by
Jerome Kern
Lyrics by
Dorothy Fields
Screenplay by
Howard Lindsay
Screenplay by
Allan Scott
Musical director
Nathaniel Shilkret
Supervising art director
Van Nest Polglase
Silver Sandal set and Bojangles costumes by
John Harkrider
Director of photography
David Abel
Special effects by
Vernon Walker
Dance director
Hermes Pan
Gowns by
Bernard Newman
Additional music by
Robert Russell Bennett
Additional music by
Hal Borne