The Barkleys of Broadway

The Barkleys of Broadway

DVD - 2005
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In their first film together in a decade, Fred and Ginger play a bickering show biz couple. Songs include "You'd be hard to replace" and "They can't take that away from me."
Publisher: Burbank, CA. : Warner Home Video, 2005.
Edition: DVD edition standard version.
ISBN: 9781419807459
Branch Call Number: 791.4372 BARKLEYS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (110 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


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Oct 14, 2019

GREAT 1949 musical drama film with some excellent dance numbers/choreography featuring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The dramatic bickerings between the Fred and Ginger characters married couple weren't appealing, but lots of the other film elements were quite engaging. The 'Shoes With Wings On' number for Fred (and all those shoes) was terrific, as was the Highlands Fling. Oscar Levant did some fine piano, too.

Classic Ginger and Fred musical. Amazing in every way shape and form possible.
Gorgeous costumes, beautiful lyrics, synchronized dances plus with Ginger and Fred it's an extraordinary production I am definitely going to re-watch and buy my own.
So sad it was their last movie together.
Like this if you think they should have gotten married.

Dec 19, 2017

Originally released as a motion picture in 1949, this musical shows Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers together after ten years apart.
Music and dance are great but the drama is overacted.
This turned out to be the last film that Astaire and Rogers made together, and their only film together in color.

Jun 11, 2016

I'm not sure where "The Barkleys of Broadway" lands in the Astaire & Rogers canon in the opinion of film critics, but it has always been my favorite Fred & Ginger musical.
By 1949, the year of this film's release, the two hadn't worked together in a full decade. Yet here they are in fine form, quipping, bickering and dancing with all the verve and elegance of old and with perhaps a brilliant new confidence on the part of Ginger Rogers, who'd moved on impressively to all sorts of roles after 1939's "The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle" (winning a 1941 Best Actress Oscar for "Kitty Foyle") and who once acerbically observed she did everything her highly celebrated dance partner did--except backward and in heels.
They're magical together, from the "Swing Trot" dance seen over the opening credits to the loose and jazzy rehearsal number "Bouncin' the Blues" and the sprightly "My One and Only Highland Fling" to the playful "A Weekend in the Country" with an amusingly curmudgeonly Oscar Levant to the beautiful and dramatic They Can't Take That Away From Me." If you love classic movie musicals (and especially if you don't) be sure to check out "The Barkleys of Broadway." Highly recommended.


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