Our heroine (played by Helen Westley) doesn't last long in this film, released in 1935. She seems to be on the point of expiring when the film opens and the rather far-fetched plot is all about what happens when her haute couture salon in Paris passes to her nephew (played by Randolph Scott), who is an all-American football star. Not the most convincing of plots - actually based on a book by Alice Duer Miller - but it served its purpose as a vehicle for a ravishing score by Jerome Kern with lyrics by Otto Harbach. The same story was remade rather more convincingly in colour by MGM in 1952 as Lovely To Look At. Astaire was partnered by Ginger Rogers in their third film together.
The songs soon became popular standards and, together with the Astaire-Rogers dancing, helped the film along. They included `Let's begin', `I'll be hard to handle', `You're devastating,' `Lovely to look at', `Smoke gets in your eyes' (sung in the film by Irene Dunne), and `I won't dance', originally from a London-based show by Kern and Oscar Hammerstein but reworked here with new lyrics by Dorothy Fields. Randolph Scott, before his career in westerns, has a quite prominent role as a footballer friend of Astaire's.
The film is in black-and-white of course, given its age, but Astaire and Rogers look good together whether or not they are in colour.