Swing Time (1936)

Credit: filmsworthwatching.blogspot.comA dancing gambler goes to New York to raise money for his fiancé, but instead ends up falling for Ginger (Rogers, not the bread man, snaps or Spice Girl from the late ‘90s).


We watched this one in our hospital room after our baby was born. I tried to get my wife to dance along with the movie, but she wasn’t in the mood for some reason.

Like most Fred & Ginger movies, you could probably skip through the slower parts and still understand what’s going on. Most the songs are pretty entertaining. “The Way You Look Tonight” was probably the most famous song that came out of this movie.

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: Fred Astaire is not black. (But there’s a really cool dance called “Bojangles of Harlem” where he pays tribute to African-American tap dancers…ignore the politically incorrect makeup).

I wouldn’t say there was a particularly large amount of soul-searching during this movie, but we can take a lesson from the song “Pick Yourself Up.” Here’s my favorite verse:

Credit: fred-astaire.blogspot.com

Will you remember the famous men,
Who had to fall to rise again?
So take a deep breath,
Pick yourself up,
Dust yourself off,
Start all over again.

As Neal A. Maxwell put it, “The gulf of misery is not the entire ocean.” Bad things happen to all of us, but those treacherous tides will eventually pass.

We can endure well the difficulties that come our way as long as we stay close to our God. And “although His time is not always our time, we can be sure that the Lord keeps His promises.”

 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” – Galatians 6:9

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