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The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle [DVD]

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  • Actors: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Walter Brennan, Edna May Oliver
  • Directors: H C Potter
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 21 April 2014
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00II0QTXQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,738 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The great Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers star in this fascinating biopic as the greatest ballroom dance team of the first half of the 20th Century: Vernon and Irene Castle. In the years from 1913 to 1917 this phenomenal dancing pair swept the world with their mastery of dancing and quickly became celebrities of high society. When Vernon, who was only hired to be a comic actor, gets stuck in Paris, he meets Irene and they become a dancing pair. Their agent Maggie Sutton (Edna Mae Oliver) gets them the breaks that make Vernon and Irene figures of social change with ballroom dancing regaining popularity and their creation of `the Castle Walk` dance step. This all-star cast featuring Walter Brennan also has Oscar Hammerstein composing the music.

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a good movie with enough enjoyable moments for any Astaire-Rogers fan --filmsgraded.com

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By A Customer on 29 Sept. 2005
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This beautiful and poignant farewell from one of the most memorable and beloved of screen couples in film history was the perfect way to say goodbye. Their previous pairings had been filled with joy, grace and elegance; a delightful escapism which helped get everyone through the depression and set a tone of charm and romance no one else has ever come close to. Appropriately enough, their last in the incredible cycle is tender and sweet, faint echoes of their previous entries mixed with the melancholy of something special disappearing forever, never to pass this way again.
Astaire and Rogers tell the story of Vernon and Irene Castle, who set dance and fashion trends all across Europe and America during a more innocent time in the world. Their's was a story of love, humor and dance. But when what they had always dreamed of was within their reach, the world intruded in a way which could not have been anticipated. Astaire and Rogers have never been so real as in this nostalgic and gentle ode to love and innocence.
Based on Irene Castle's stories, "My Husband" and "My Memories of Vernon Castle," the adaptation by Oscar Hammerstein II and Dorothy Yost was turned into a screenplay by Richard Sherman. Ginger's costumes were created by the real Irene Castle, and the Castle's love hangs over this film like a soft velvet fog. H. C. Potter's direction is minimal, allowing Fred and Ginger to say so long through the story of Vernon and Irene.
It begins in 1911, when Vernon, a second comic for Lewis Fields, is chasing after another actress. She ditches him at the beach, and a drowning little dog will bring Irene Foot and Vernon Castle together for the first time. Walter Brennen is wonderful as the crusty and protective Walter.
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THE STORY OF VERNON AND IRENE CASTLE is the last film the famous dancing duo, Astaire and Rogers made for RKO Studios. It tells the true story of how a married couple dances their way to stardom. The film is not the usual romantic comedy film Fred and Ginger had previously made although there are quite a few funny moments. However, it also has a more serious story line as it tells a true story and has emotional moments. But this does not stop the two stars as they pull of their characters wonderfully. Add the fantastic dancing by the pair and this is another fabulous Astaire-Rogers film.
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This lovely film with the charming Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, is an American biographical musical comedy, which tells the story of husband and wife team of ballroom dancers Vernon and Irene Castle. The Castles were prominent figures of the 1910s and the 1920s, who had a major impact popularising ballroom dancing and were ahead of their time as far as human and animal rights were concerned, Irene was a fashion icon and trendsetter, popularising new hairstyles and designers. She even designed some of her own clothes, notably Ginger Rogers' costumes in the film are designed by Irene Castle herself.

Based on Irene's biographical book "My Husband and My Memories of Vernon Castle" ,directed by H. C. Potter, and written by Oscar Hammerstein II, Dorothy Yost and Richard Sherman, this film is a fine tribute to this amazing couple and with its bitter-sweet ending is the best Astaire and Rogers film.
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This was bought as a present for a friend so am not able to comment on her opinion and have not been in touch. However,I saw this film many years ago and thought it was one of their best. I would recommend it if you are an F & G fan
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Whilst growing up I always saw my Mum watching old Fred Astaire films and couldn't understand why? A strange looking bloke dancing around is what appeared to be going on. However, its a few years later and I find myself watching an Astaire film once in a while if I come across them. `The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle' was one such film and it not only covers Astaire and Ginger Rogers, but also my knowledge of WW2 propaganda films as it was released in 1939. It tells the true story of the Castles and how they grew to fame with their dancing, only for it to end suddenly.

`Castle' is a wonderfully emotional film that lifts you up during the romance and rise of the Castle couple, only to leave you crying towards the end. As a melodrama it works perfectly, Astaire and Rogers were famed for their onscreen chemistry and `Castle' represents one of the best examples of this. I always found it a little strange that the odd looking Astaire always used to get the beautiful and funny Rogers, but for some reason they just click and you let it go. Both actors are great in the film as dramatists and dancers. There is genuine humour in their relationship and the dancing is based on the real life couples work so is also brilliant.

The problems with the film are few, but surround the ending. As this is a slice of American propaganda it does have the noble sacrifice ending that is in keeping with the film, but is laid on a little to thickly for my liking. Despite this small drop into smaltz the overall film is a lovely watch - all singing and dancing.
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I loved it all. The music, fashions, cars, interiors, planes but best of all the magic dancing of Fred and Ginger. Irene Castle's dresses designed for Ginger are stunning and although back in the day are still very now.

Unusual for musicals of the time, the story is very believable. Perhaps, because it was written by Irene Castle and not a Broadway/Hollywood team of writers.
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