Sunday, September 14, 2008


Who is your favourite leading man of the silver screen?

There are six candidates vying for the top spot as your favourite Leading Man of the Silver Screen. I will finish with the remaining three candidates today and then open up a poll for you to vote for your favourite!

Contestant #4: Fred Astaire

The dancing man with in the tux and top hat!

Most people associate Fred Astaire with his dancing partner Ginger Rogers with whom he made ten musical films.

Fred Astaire's actually quite disliked his trademark top hat and tuxedo look, all to happy to buck it later in his career for a more casual look and using an old necktie as a belt. Something which many years later, was heavily pushed on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

If you collect musicals on DVD like I do, then your collection is not complete without the following films:

The Gay Divorcee (1934)

Follow the Fleet (1936)

Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)

Holiday Inn (1942)

Ziegfeld Follies (1946)

Easter Parade (1948)

and you must, must, must get:

Funny Face (1957)

Did you know that Fred Astaire's life has never and will never appear as a film? He did not want his life inevitably misinterpreted by Hollywood.

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