Carefree

BBB

(out of 5)


One of the weakest of the many delightful films that  and  did together. He plays a psychiatrist whose most frequent patient () wants him to help with his fiancee (Rogers). It seems the dizzy dame is avoiding marriage, and Bellamy hopes that psychotherapy will cure her fear of the altar. Instead, she falls in love with Astaire, but not before a lot of silly complications involving disorderly behaviour under hypnosis nearly get her hitched to the wrong guy. Naturally, the film’s childish understanding of psychiatry could only wash with an audience that knew nothing of the subject, but where it fails modern-day fans of the couple is in the tunes: there isn’t too much dancing and there is certainly not enough singing. By this point Astaire and Rogers were no longer interested in working together and only made the film because RKO’s flailing finances needed the profits, which may account for the lack of pizzazz. Astaire is sleepwalking when he isn’t dancing, but Rogers is adorable and handles the eyeroll-worthy plot with panache.


RKO Radio Pictures

USA, 1938

Directed by

Screenplay by , , story and adaptation by , , based on an original idea by

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by ,

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1938

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