The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle is a departure from the Astaire-Rogers "formula". The title characters were immensely popular dancers during the World War I years who took America (and most of the rest of the world) by storm with their exuberance and innovative style.
In the years between the Castles' popularity and that of Astaire-Rogers', popular music had changed names: ragtime became jazz, then swing. What better pair to portray the icons of the Teens than their counterparts of the '30s?
It is interesting, however, that in the film that would be their last in the decade they had so dominated, Fred and Ginger's style and characters were subordinated to those of another couple, another era.
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