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Let's Dance (1950)
Starring Betty Hutton and Fred Astaire

Beautiful print and will play in all DVD players.
Fred Astaire and Betty Hutton make a surprisingly copacetic screen team in Let's Dance. Hutton plays a more sedate role than usual as war widow Kitty McNeil. Not wishing to have her young son Richard (Gregory Moffatt) grow up in the stiff and stuffy environs of her Boston in-laws' mansion, Kitty sneaks off with the kid and resumes her prewar show-business career. She is reunited with her USO dancing partner Donald Elwood (Astaire), who hopes to give up performing in favor of the business world. Inevitably, Kitty and Donald resume their old act, while, equally inevitably, Kitty's Bostonite grandmother-in-law Serena Everett (Lucille Watson) sets the legal wheels in motion to gain custody of little Richard. Fred Astaire manages to match Betty Hutton's patented raucousness during the hillbilly musical number "Oh, Them Dudes", though he is given the opportunity to do the sort of dancing he does best--notably a brilliant routine atop and around a piano.
Director: Norman Z. McLeod

Writers: Dane Lussier, Allan Scott, Maurice Zolotow

Stars: Betty Hutton, Fred Astaire, Roland Young, Ruth Warrick, Lucile Watson, Gregory Moffett, Barton MacLane, Sheppard Strudwick, Melville Cooper, George Zucco
Songs include:

Can't Stop Talking About Him
Written by Frank Loesser
Performed by Betty Hutton and Fred Astaire

Piano Dance
Music by Tommy Chambers, Van Cleave, and Fred Astaire
Performed by Fred Astaire

Jack and the Beanstalk
Written by Frank Loesser
Performed by Fred Astaire

Oh Them Dudes
Written by Frank Loesser
Performed by Betty Hutton and Fred Astaire

Why Fight the Feeling
Written by Frank Loesser
Performed by Betty Hutton

The Hyacinth
Written by Frank Loesser
Performed by Lucile Watson and Fred Astaire

Tunnel of Love
Written by Frank Loesser
Performed by Betty Hutton and Fred Astaire

One of only four Fred Astaire musicals in which his female co-star received top billing above him, the others being Paulette Goddard in Second Chorus (1940), Judy Garland in Easter Parade (1948) and Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face (1957). In each case, the actress in question was at the peak of her box office drawing power and attached to a home studio where Astaire was not under contract (he came out of retirement for the Garland film and was soon after put back on contract at MGM). Astaire took second billing to only one other performer during his heyday, and that was Bing Crosby in their two teamings at Paramount, Crosby's home studio.
As this film was conceived as a star vehicle for Betty Hutton, there are less Astaire numbers than one expects from one of his musicals, and only one solo: the celebrated "Piano Dance," in which he jaunts on, in, above and under a grand piano, culminating in a series of effortless suspensions over a succession of high-back chairs.
Fred Astaire was borrowed from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for this film, as Paramount had no star dancers under contract.
Composer-lyricist Frank Loesser was an old hand at writing specialty material for Betty Hutton, which required songs that could be performed at her signature breakneck speed. For this occasion, Loesser provided the especially manic "Can't Stop Talking About Him," which opens the film. In a send-up of Hutton's clarion belt, the song begins with an air raid siren that merges into a sustained note from Hutton.
The film was hurried into production to take advantage of Fred Astaire's availability, part of the agreement MGM signed with Paramount to obtain Betty Hutton on loan-out for Annie Get Your Gun (1950) at Metro.
Frank Loesser wrote "Why Fight the Feeling?" as a love ballad, but there was no plot point to support its inclusion. In the end, the song was rendered by Betty Hutton in bizarrely comic fashion, going as far as to set her on fire, and climaxing with her high jump off a balcony and into a lake to douse the flames. Equally out of place is the ballroom dance reprise, in which Astaire fantasizes a romantic duet between himself and Hutton that is in no way linked to the plot.
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