Okay, some prefacing here. I originally, for 1936, had a certain film with a certain iconic image involving some gears. But then I realized, “Wait, I’m just putting that here because the image is iconic and nothing more. I mean, sure, it is iconic, and the film is iconic, but I talked about Chaplin twice already. I’d actually have nothing more to talk about except to just go on about other things. So I decided to alter my plans at the last minute.
Originally, I was going to put Top Hat as the 1935 film, but after deciding Modern Times wasn’t going to be the 1936 film, I looked at how best to switch things around. So Astaire and Rogers went here, since Swing Time is just as good, if not a better film than Top Hat (both are incredible and the best two they made, in my opinion), and I was able to talk about Shirley Temple for 1935. So it all worked out.
And now we get to talk about Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, and the movie musical. Which, if you really thought we were gonna get through this list without these things being brought up, you were sorely, sorely mistaken. (more…)