Friday 9 June 2023

King Cole

 To mark the birthday of Cole Porter – born 1891 in a place confusingly called Peru, Indiana – let's treat ourselves to one of his greatest songs, nicely sung by Fred Astaire and sublimely danced by Fred and Ginger. I don't think this routine was ever bettered in any film musical, and I don't think any male human being ever moved with more grace than Fred Astaire. (The sequence, colorised here, is from The Gay Divorcee (1934), and that's supposedly a view of the English Channel outside.) Don't miss the sign-off at the end...

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