Dancer Fred Astaire in honored with the 9th Annual Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Film Institute at Hollywood banquet. Film clips from his best work with partner Ginger Rogers and others along with reminiscences from such dancing partners as Eleanor Powell, Barrie Chase, Cyd Charisse, and Audrey Hepburn are featured as well as highlights of Fred singing Gershwin and Porter songs.Written by
Emcee David Niven's voice seems slightly slurred. Although he excuses it with a joke to the audience at the beginning, he doesn't offer an explanation, describing it as "parrot-like." Niven was secretly suffering from ASL, a debilitating disease which would take his life two years later. See more »
[Paraphrasing a speech from "The Band Wagon"]
Fred, the whole company got together... we all chipped in and we bought you... nothing. So, we have nothing to give you but our gratitude,our appreciation, and our love. The show's a hit, but we all agreed that no matter what happened to it, it was wonderful working with you. The show's gonna run a long time, and as far as I'm concerned, Fred, it's going to be forever.
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Just re watched my old Laser Disc of this show, a brilliant tribute to the King of dance,Fred Astaire was to dance what Bing Crosby was to song in the movies, the Tops in other words. The sad part of watching this show now is to realise so many of the famous faces there, are now gone, but fortunately, if the films are preserved, they'll live forever in a sense! Charlton Heston says at the start that we will be dazzled, and how true that is, but as the great Eleanor Parker pointed out, so much work went into those routines to make them look easy and spontaneous! One things for sure, we'll never see the likes of Fred Astaire, or that era again, and the world will be the poorer for it! If you can find this show, grab it!
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