Swing Time Movie Review
Maybe it's for the best, though. Missing the wedding winds him up with Penny (Ginger Rogers), who we're sure is going to be a better match for Lucky, because, you know, she can dance. (Here, in a bit of comic kitsch, she's a dance instructor and he's never danced before... though he proves to be an exceedingly fast learner.)
Swing Time is, of course, a platform for some amazing set pieces and big musical numbers, most notably including the numbers "Pick Yourself Up" and wedding staple "The Way You Look Tonight." There's also a number with Astaire in black face, but that's another story.
Swing Time also has some unexpected and quite chuckle-worthy moments of humor. My personal favorite is when, after Penny catches Lucky in a sort of strip poker game (on account of him needing to win some clothes to wear on a date), Penny shuts him out. In response, Lucky pickets outside her apartment protesting "unfair" treatment, with a mortarboard around his neck. Not outside the building, but in the hallway outside her door.
Now available on DVD for the first time (also as part of an Astaire and Rogers box set), the disc includes commentary from an Astaire biographer, a featurette about the film, and a couple of comedy and musical shorts.