Johnny Brett (Fred Astaire) and King Shaw (George Murphy) are a dance team so down on their luck they’re working in a dance hall, while Clare Bennett (Eleanor Powell) is a big Broadway star. Due to a case of mistaken identity, Shaw gets offered the chance to be Clare’s dancing partner in a new Broadway show, when it was really Johnny’s dancing that befuddled producer Bob Casey (Frank Morgan) saw and wanted. The partnership breaks up, but Johnny sticks around to help out Shaw, who lets his newfound success go to his head. Clare eventually realizes that Johnny is the real deal, not Shaw, and she falls in love with him. When Shaw gets drunk on opening night, Johnny steps in and saves the show with a brilliant performance. —wikipedia
Norman Rae Taurog (February 23, 1899 – April 7, 1981) was an American film director and screenwriter. Between 1920 and 1968, Taurog directed over 140 films, and directed Elvis Presley in more movies than any other director (nine, starting with G.I. Blues (1960)). He won the 1931 Academy Award for Best Director for the film Skippy and still holds the record as the youngest director (32) to win it. He was later nominated for Best Director for the 1938 film, Boys Town. For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Norman Taurog has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1600 Vine Street.
It could be said that Norman Taurog had five chapters to his career. His first was as a child performer on the stage from an early age, making his movie debut aged 13 in the short film Tangled Relations, produced by Thomas Ince’s studios. In the eight years until his next screen credit, he worked in theatre, mostly off-Broadway.
By the time he re-entered the movie industry, he made… read more