Fred & Ginger

Fred & Ginger

4 Episodes

“He gave her class and she gave him sex appeal,” Katharine Hepburn famously quipped in regards to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, the best-loved and arguably greatest dance partnership in film history. Over the course of ten films together—including the two widely regarded as their finest, TOP HAT and SWING TIME—the pair perfected a formula that would revolutionize the movie musical and keep their studio, RKO, afloat during the height of the Depression. Combining sparkling comedic chemistry, art-deco design, divine melodies, and breathtaking dance sequences—filmed with as few cuts as possible to give the illusion of a fluid single take—their films stand as high-water marks of dream-factory elegance.

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Fred & Ginger
  • Introducing Fred and Ginger

    Episode 1

    Critics Gary Giddins and Brian Seibert and writer Deborah Grace Winer discuss one of the greatest dancing duos of all time.

  • The Gay Divorcee

    Episode 2

    Directed by Mark Sandrich • 1934 • United States
    Starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Alice Brady

    Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers sing, dance, and find romance to the songs of Cole Porter in one of their greatest films. While crossing the English Channel after a successful engagement in the c...

  • Top Hat
    Episode 3

    Top Hat

    Episode 3

    Directed by Mark Sandrich • 1935 • United States
    Starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Helen Broderick

    Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers star in this classic musical romance of two lovers kept apart by a case of mistaken identity. Vacationing in London, Dale Tremont (Rogers) is awakened by Jerry...

  • Shall We Dance

    Episode 4

    Directed by Mark Sandrich • 1937 • United States
    Starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers

    A ballet dancer and a showgirl fake their marriage for publicity purposes before falling in love for real in this delightful musical comedy starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Among the well-known songs...