fred is my idol

“I remember she came in while Fred was rehearsing… Up the aisle she came and Fred stopped dead. They embraced and I wept. After all Fred and Ginger had been my dancing idols since the mid-thirties.” – Charles Walters, director of The Barkleys of Broadway

“[T]he film abounds with sequences that display Rogers’s considerable powers as a comedienne – as she parries with Astaire (who meets her tooth for fang), deftly undercuts her unctuous understudy, and feigns illness to cover her own thoughtlessness. In the process she creates a real human being – tough, self-centred, insecure, yet utterly appealing – and develops scenes with Astaire that are among the very best in the Astaire-Rogers series.” – author John Mueller

“Despite the intervening ten years, Astaire and Rogers have an innate understanding of each other’s verbal rhythms and mannerisms […] The self-conscious drive with which Astaire often attacked his lines disappears here, as Fred and Ginger blend – and interrupt each other – with a seamless intimacy that is heartwarming to witness.” – film historian Stephen Harvey 

“Ginger Rogers’ girlish figure got raves. When Kay Kendall saw Ginger dancing with Fred Astaire, she burst into tears and said, ‘They were my girlhood idols. I never missed one of their pictures.’ At that, Leland Hayward whispered to me, ‘And they once turned down a $2,000,000 offer from Sam Goldwyn for a picture together after they’d ended their co-starring days…’”   A January 1957 report from Hedda Hopper in The Chicago Daily Tribune, describing a party thrown by Merle Oberon. Fred and Ginger brought the house down as they danced the night away. Yes. You read correctly. The party was in 1957.