With A Sword in Hand He Goes to the Head of the Clash!.
Synopsis: Due to a pre-arranged
marriage Lady Alyce Marshmorton (Fontaine) must marry soon
to orchestra leader Reggie, and the staff of Tottney Castle
have laid bets on who she'll choose. Jerry (Astaire) is "elected"
to rescue his Lordship's daughter Lady Alyce from this arranged
marriage. This is Fred's first movie without Ginger since
he first danced with her on film. Fred is paired here with
eighteen-year-old starlet named Joan Fontaine. Altho Fontaine
had really big shoes to fill she came up short in the dance
department but was actually very lovely and charming in her
role. This is a great Astaire movie and except for one obvious
point ... no Ginger!, it had a better plot than previous Astaire/Rogers
films and a better cast. There is a lot of interplay with
comics George Burns and Gracie Allen.
Fred has a few solo dance numbers. George, Gracie and Fred
do a Whisk Broom dance to "Put Me to the Test" and
some dancing in a carnival's 'Fun House' and ending in the
Hall of Mirrors to the song "Stiff Upper Lip" which
recieved an Oscar Award for its choreography. Gracie also
did a few numbers with Fred. Fred only danced once with Fontaine,
a pas de deux to "Things Are Looking Up."