“Carefree,” the shortest of the Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire collaborations, is most famous for containing the couple’s longest kiss.
The final film for the duo helmed by Mark Sandrich, “Carefree” is the equivalent of a fan service sendoff by their greatest director. It’s a slight screwball comedy, but unites a group of legends associated with the iconic partnership in the start of what would be the closing era of their work together.
Co-choreographed by favorite associate Hermes Pan, with a book by frequent collaborator Allan Scott, “Carefree” shows that by the eighth Rogers-Astaire outing, everyone involved knew just what made the magic that defined its two leads.
Rogers and Astaire had reached a level of comfort with themselves and…