Swing Time

Synopsis: Lucky is tricked into missing his wedding to Margaret by the other members of Pop's magic and dance act, and has to make $25000 to be allowed to marry her. He and Pop go to New York where they run into Penny, a dancing instructor. She and Lucky form a successful dance partnership, but romance is blighted (till the end of the film at least!) by his old attachment to Margaret and hers for Ricardo, the band leader who won't play for them to dance together.
Director(s): George Stevens
Production: RKO Radio Pictures Inc.
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
103 min

Go on, take a card, any card at all.

Now look at it.

Put it back.

Ace of spades.

- When did you change the act, Pop?

- I didn't. He did.

He did?

Yes, he said straight magic

is too old-fashioned.

Wait a minute, take a bow.

No, you take it. I got to get married.

Come here, they're applauding you.

They like it.


Now what?

- I want to reason with you, if I can.

- But you already did.

Have you really made up your mind

to leave me...

just to marry some girl

you happen to know?

It's kind of customary

to know the bride, isn't it?

I hate to see you leave show business.

A man with your talents...

My talent is gambling, Pop.

Hoofing is all right,

but there's no future in it.

I want to spread out.

I think I'm going to miss you, Lucky.

I know I'm going to miss you, Pop.

Is he staying with us, Pop?

No, he's made up his mind to get married.

How do you like that?

Letting his marriage interfere

with our career?

We shouldn't have played his hometown.

It was a bad move.

Bad for us and bad for him.

Local boy makes bad.

- Father, has he come yet?

- No, and it's all very much as I expected.

Hi, fellows.

- How do I look?

- Marvelous, colossal, splendid.

Wait a minute. You're not going like that.

Of course. Big church wedding,

girl's family very social...

whole town there.

I guess it doesn't really matter,

just a hick town.

What doesn't matter?

- Last year's trousers.

- Last year's trousers?

No cuffs.

- No cuffs?

- No cuffs.

Whoever heard of cuffs on these?

Are you serious?

Don't be ridiculous.

- Maybe he's wrong.

- Wait a minute. Let's see that.

- What do you think of that?

- You know, you're in a hurry and...

Garnett, you're wanted on the telephone.

Just a minute. I'll answer it for you.

It will only take about five minutes.

Let us have your pants.

- Hello.

- Hello, John. Will you hurry?

Tell him the minister is here.

Margaret's been ready for an hour.

We're all waiting for him.

All right, I'll tell him.

- Who was it?

- It was the minister.

He said to take it easy.

He'll be about a half-hour late.

- Good.

- You see, there's plenty of material.

- I'll take them down and have them fixed.

- No, you don't.

Pop, take them to Schmidt's

and have them back in five minutes.

- You want two cuffs on them?

- Yeah, one on each leg.

And hurry up. Tell him

I got to have them back right away.

While we're waiting,

we'll indulge in the famous indoor sport.

I'll get seven.

- The next man.

- That's it.

- Any word?

- They say he'll be here any minute.

You know, I told Margaret

this would happen.

I always say, marry in haste,

repent at leisure.

The young man is now

one hour and 25 minutes late.

That isn't exactly marrying in haste.

As long as I am living, and longer...

I have never seen cuffs on pants like these.

What's the matter, can't you make them?

I can make anything...

but I would rather not be wrong

than right.

I'm paying for cuffs and I want cuffs.

No. 10 times...

20 times, no.

Can't you understand?

Look, here, let me show you.

Do you see any cuffs there? Not one cuff.

Thousands of no cuffs.

Here, look these over. You see? No cuffs.

Millions of no cuffs.

No cuffs.

More than that, positively not one cuff.

Why not?

- I want to speak to Mr. Garnett.

- Speaking.

- Here he is, sir.

- Let me talk to him.

Say, listen, you,

the guests are all going home and...

I'm the happiest man in the world

because the wedding is off.

And furthermore,

if you ever come to this house again...

I'll break every bone in your body.

Do you understand that?

- Red, is that call for me?

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Howard Lindsay

Howard Lindsay, born Herman Nelke, (March 29, 1889 – February 11, 1968) was an American theatrical producer, playwright, librettist, director and actor. He is best known for his writing work as part of the collaboration of Lindsay and Crouse, and for his performance, with his wife Dorothy Stickney, in the long-running play Life With Father. more…

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