takes advantage of the fact that Ginger's skirt has been caught in
a trunk lid and attempts to charm his
captive audience. Unsuccessfully, of course. ("Porter...
The story, such as it is, revolves around Ginger trying to obtain a divorce from her geologist hubby, and Fred being mistaken for the hired corespondent used to create grounds for the divorce. In fine support are Alice Brady as Ginger's scatter-brained aunt, Edward Everett Horton as the equally befuddled lawyer, and Erik Rhodes in one of his patented fake-Italian roles, the real corespondent, Tonetti (his slogan: "Your wife is safe with Tonetti - he prefers spaghetti!").
The 17-minute marathon production number "The Continental" was the first song to win an Academy Award in that category, but it is Cole Porter's throbbing "Night and Day" that is the real standout. With both his singing and dancing, Fred stuns Ginger, and us, with his own unique blend of gentle yet persistent urgency.
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