TCM is having a month of big band movies and I saw Fred Astaire with
Paulette Goddard in Second Chorus (1940) Wednesday night. Sadly,
Astaire just didn’t sparkle the way he does when paired with the lovely
Ginger Rogers. It was fun, though, to see Artie Shaw playing himself,
along with his band. Fred Astaire is great, a legend, of course, but I
always prefer Gene Kelly. For one thing, Kelly is far more handsome
and I like the smooth, athletic feel of his dancing. And is it my
imagination, or do Fred Astaire and Nancy Reagan look exactly alike?