Lucky is tricked into missing his wedding to Margaret by the other members of Pop’s magic and dance act, and has to make $25000 to be allowed to marry her. He and Pop go to New York where they run into Penny, a dancing instructor. She and Lucky form a successful dance partnership, but romance is blighted (till the end of the film at least!) by his old attachment to Margaret and hers for Ricardo, the band leader who won’t play for them to dance together. —IMDb
American producer/director/cinematographer George Stevens made his professional acting debut at age five in the company of his actor parents. Developing an interest in photography as a hobby, Stevens became an assistant movie cameraman at the age of 17. From 1927 through 1930, he was principal cameraman at Hal Roach Studios, shooting such classic two-reelers as Laurel and Hardy’s Two Tars (1928) and Below Zero (1930), as well as a handful of feature films, including the 1927 Western No Man’s Law. Stevens was elevated to director in 1930 for Roach’s Boy Friends series. Dismissed from Roach during an economy drive in 1931, Stevens moved to Universal and then to RKO to direct comedy shorts (he later professed to hate two-reel comedies, though he enjoyed the company of the comedians with whom he worked, especially Laurel and Hardy). RKO promoted Stevens to features in 1934; after several medium-budget projects, he was assigned the “A” feature Alice Adams (1935) over the protests of the… read more
Very strained, even by 30s comedy standards—attempting to divine the character motivations in any given scene is an exercise in futility—but it's a testament to the actors and direction that straining can look so effortless. It's equally futile to deny the spirit of good feelings. Grading this as a film is like grading the world's largest, sweetest pixie-stick as a meal. 3 out of 5 stars.
This is compulsory viewing if you need cheering up as watching the screen's greatest dancing couple guarantees a huge smile appearing on your face. The slim plot is irrelevant; all you need to know is that Fred and Ginger are at the top of their game performing to a peerless score. A particular highlight is the lovely snowy interlude, beautifully directed, in which the graceful duo perform A Fine Romance. A delight..