The Barkleys of Broadway

The Barkleys of Broadway
The Barkleys of Broadway
  • UR
  • 1h 49m
  • 1949
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After 10 years apart, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers reteam in their final film pairing, cleverly written by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and smoothly directed by Charles Walters. The story, per many sources, mirrors real-life creative tensions the two shared. Astaire plays driven hoofer Josh Barkley. Rogers is his wife, Dinah, who longs to forsake the clackety-clap-tapping of Bouncin' the Blues for stage dramas. She departs, Josh vies to win her back, and the routines leading to a happy resolution include Fred's "Shoes with Wings On" and a rhapsodic reprise of a George and Ira Gershwin number from Shall We Dance: "They Can't Take That Away from Me." All of which proves they can't take away the Astaire/Rogers magic either.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Chicago Reader
Don Druker

It isn't very witty - although it's supposed to be - and it isn't really satire, in the sense of S...

June 16, 2017
Josh Larsen

...of interest as a possible peek into Rogers and Astaire's actual working relationship.

June 25, 2017
Emanuel Levy

Though one of their weakest teaming, it's worth seeing this late (and last) Astaire-Rogers musical...

June 22, 2017
Steve Crum

Astaire and Rogers last teaming, and full of wit, music, dance, and comedy.

June 21, 2017
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  • Release Date:May 4, 1949
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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