Friday, June 20, 2014

The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)

IMDb plot summary: A successful but constantly-feuding husband and wife musical comedy team threatens to break up when the wife entertains an offer to become a serious actress.
Directed by Charles Walters. Starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Oscar Levant, and Jacques François.

The dance scenes are the joy of this movie. Whenever the dancing happens, it's wonderful and gorgeous and fun. Everything in between is... a little sketchy. It takes a long time for the show's basic premise to get going, and I was a little annoyed with the fact that the husband never seemed to realize that he maybe shouldn't treat his wife like a child. Their banter was centered just a little too realistically for me to accept it as entertaining. There are a few good laughs though, and at least three or four REALLY good musical numbers, so it's definitely worth a watch, especially for fans of Astaire and Rogers.

2.5 stars.

Flickchart: #1082 out of 2151, below Death at a Funeral and above Vantage Point.

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