Favorite Fred and Ginger movies: Top Hat (1935), Swing Time (1936), Shall We Dance (1937) and Carefree (1938)

I suppose I made it look easy, but gee whiz, did I work and worry. -Fred Astaire

Ginger was brilliantly effective. She made everything work for her. Actually she made things very fine for the both of us and she deserves most of the credit for our success. -Fred Astaire

My mother told me I was dancing before I was born. She could feel my toes tapping wildly inside her for months. -Ginger Rogers

[About her partnership with Fred Astaire] We had fun and it shows. True, we were never bosom buddies off the screen; we were different people with different interests. We were only a couple on film. -Ginger Rogers


Most likely the best dance team the screen has ever seen. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers made 10 films together spanning 16 years. It all started in the film Flying Down To Rio in which they danced to just one number together: The Carioca, but that one number birthed the partnership of one of Hollywood's greatest screenteams.

Both actors made other films during their partnership in the 1930s, but Ginger felt that the partnership was holding her back from getting better roles. Although never an official team, they split in 1939. The two reunited in 1949 for the film The Barkleys Of Broadway. The parts of Josh and Dinah Barkley were actually written for Fred Astaire and Judy Garland, but Judy was unable to make the movie due to bad health. Ginger Rogers was called in to replace her. Ginger hadn't made a musical film in 10 years, but you certainly cannot tell by watching this film. You can't even tell that Fred & Ginger haven't dance together in 10 years either. They still had it and it was unfortunate that that was the end.

Their Films Together:

Flying Down To Rio (1933)
The Gay Divorcee (1934)
Roberta (1935)
Top Hat (1935)
Follow The Fleet (1936)
Swing Time (1936)
Shall We Dance (1937)
Carefree (1938)
The Story Of Vernon And Irene Castle (1939)
The Barkleys Of Broadway (1949)

=I recommend.