A Musical Fashion Show with a bevy of beauties "
Synopsis: Football player John
Kent (Randolph "swell" Scott) who travels to Paris
to visit with his rich dressmaker Aunt Minnie (Helen Westley)
and is accompanied by his friend, Huckleberry "Hunk"
Haines (Fred Astaire) who is the bandleader for the Wabash
Indianians Jazz Band. John meets Stephanie (Irene Dunne) a
deposed Russian Princess and all goes fine until the phony
Russian Countess Scharwenka (Ginger Rogers) shows up with
an attitude about the clothes that she must wear but is actually
recognized by Hunk as his old girlfriend from back home. The
Aunt suddenly dies and leaves her fortune to John and things
really get going. This film was nominated for an Oscar.
This is not the typical Astaire-Rogers film as it centers
mostly on displaying the latest fashions from Paris than on
dance numbers however the ones they do are very good. Astaire
and Rogers do a comedy dance routine to "I'll
Be Hard to Handle," and later a duet / dance to "Smoke
Gets In Your Eyes and the finale "I Won't Dance".
Astaire also did a solo to "I Won't Dance" as he
Tap dances and shakes hands with some of the observers in
the audience earlier in the film. This film was remade by
M.G.M. in 1952 as LOVELY TO LOOK AT starring Kathryn Grayson,
Red Skelton and Howard Keel.