the finest of the Astaire-Rogers films,
Swing Time has an ironic wit and a teasing
throughout -- will they get together? Will
Fred pretends he can't dance in "Pick Yourself Up";
the romantic singing of "Just the Way You
Look Tonight" is given the twist of its recipient
(Ginger) having a headful of shampoo; even
the climactic duet is one of separation
and defeat, "Never Gonna Dance."
Swing Time is "top
hats and empty pockets," (to
quote film historian Arlene Croce) -- not quite
so much glitz nor optimism here. It is Top
Hat "grown up" and honed to a fine edge, and it's that edge that sets it above the others.