Movie Monday- Carefree

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“It’s not me, it’s you.” Or so says Ginger Rogers to her long term boyfriend who is unable to persuade the beautiful blonde to commit to him in marriage. So, taking her excuses seriously, he decides to have his psychiatrist friend psychoanalyze her. The psychologist just so happens to be Fred Astaire, of course.

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Ginger knows that she doesn’t need “fixed” mentally. She just doesn’t want to marry her beau. And as the movie continues, it’s very easy to see why. And so she strings along the psychiatrist with stubborn sarcasm as tries to fix his friend’s girl.

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During a session in Astaire’s office, Rogers declares that she never dreams while she sleeps. But the very next night she has a doozy of a dream about Fred himself! (insert obligatory dance-dream sequence here) When she wakes up, she realizes that she is actually in love with her psychiatrist!

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All the while, Astaire is oblivious to her admiration of him (although very charmed by his pretty patient). So he gives her drugs in order to more effectively psychoanalyze her. The problem is, of course, that she escapes when he leaves the room for just a moment. And she proceeds to wreak havoc downtown. Rogers is quite an excellent comedian, or this scene might have been a bit over-the-top as far as I’m concerned.

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The movie includes just enough dance sequences between Rogers and Astaire, without boring viewers who might be watching for more of the comedic aspect of the film. And although it’s quite a puffy 1930s dance comedy (starring arguably the most cliche movie couple in history), I enjoyed seeing the emotional interaction between the two. It was especially charming seeing Astaire dutifully hypnotize Rogers into no longer loving him, and into believing that she loves her fiance. A decision he later regrets, and tries to undo- all the way up to the wedding day!

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An added bonus in watching this movie, at least for me, was soaking in all of the 1930s interiors, as well as all of Ginger’s hats! So many floppy hats in this movie, it’s almost ridiculous. But oh how I absolutely adore them!

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9 Responses

  1. Aaahh Fred Astaire and Ginger Roger movies are my favorite! They always have the most amazing sets and costumes. To die for.

  2. Vanessa says:

    I LOVE Rogers and Astaire. I miss AMC and TCM blah

  3. Oh this one looks like such a lovely film!!

  4. Danielle says:

    Fun flick!
    Only a few more weeks my dear!!!!

  5. Sue says:

    Always been a huge fan of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. This looks like a fun film…I’ll have to watch AMC or TCM to see if they air it again anytime soon.

  6. rachael says:

    I love it!! I lovelovelove old movies. My favie is the Ghost and Mrs Muir.
    sooo good.

  7. Sara says:

    I remember watching Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire movies over and over again when I was younger. I never tired of them and never will, my favorite movies by far. I remember watching a program on them about filming the dance numbers. One of the camera men ( I think?) was being interviewed and he thought Ginger Rogers had red shoes on but after the filming she took the shoes off and emptied the blood out of them ( I know, kind of gross). She had been dancing so long her feet had started to bleed, after hearing that and learning how long it took them to film one dance scene I had a new appreciation for them.

  8. Stephanie says:

    I remember watching a little video clip of Rogers and Astaire in my swing dance class last semester :)
    Also, this may be a weird question, but does anyone know what kind of fabric the skirt of that white dress in the third to last picture is? I’m guessing some kind of tulle with ribbon stripes? lol just wondering!

  9. Love love love! Sigh! These are the movies that steal my heart!