“[…] Fred Astaire is all about sex, really - the kind women most dream of. He had a way of seeming as if he were trying to please his partner as much as himself, an intensely ardent and affectionate way of looking at her. He also was forceful and gentle at the same time; he dominated without being domineering about it and the result was unique […]” (x)
Fred Astaire breaks character to mouth “you’re sexy” to Ginger Rogers in Top Hat (1935). After Fred mouths those words to her, Ginger laughs and mouths back, “thanks”. It must also be noted that Fred had control over which take of the dance made it into the final film, and he chose this take on purpose.
“Those numbers were long, we took something in the neighbour of 80 odd takes but I don’t remember the exact number. If you know we started for the bottom of the stairs and danced up. But it was either the sun arcs went out, or the camera didn’t work, or there was sound in the camera, or one thing or another, or we missed something. And then we got to the top of the stairs we cut and we had to move the camera up stairs. It went on and on and on.” - Ginger Rogers
“They were getting very tired, finally we got one. As they did Freddie’s hair piece flew up and he looked like a rather surprised Indian. So we had to do it again. It was then that I notice Ginger changing shoes, I thought they were pink at first but they were slippers filled with blood.” - Allan Scott, Writer