Carefree is a ScrewBall Comedy- Musical rather than a Musical Comedy and stands out for being topsy turvy when compared to other Astaire and Rogers films.
"Dr. Flagg is a horrible Monster, men like him should be shot down like dogs" Strange babble for a doctor to use to hypnotize a patient with, but this is screwy film. Short and sweet this film is lesser celebrated because of the minimal amount of dance numbers and Carefree's dance numbers do not stand out as being one of their greatest achievements on screen. This being a screwball comedy with gimmicky dance numbers. Ginger Rogers has a huge talent for comedy especially as she strolls down the street high on anesthetic, classic comedic touch. Fred Astaire doesn't play his usual role as a dancer although his Psychiatrist character Tony Flagg did once have aspirations for the stage.
Ginger plays a radio singer who is not particularly keen on the the idea of marrying Ralph Bellamy's character Stephen. He sends Ginger to Dr. Tony Flagg to figure out what is wrong, Tony discovers that she doesn't dream and sends her out to dinner to eat all the ridiculous foods like Lobster and Mayonnaise. This sends her into a dream which contains fred and gingers first passionate kiss on screen. now realizing she loves Fred she makes up a ridiculous dream story so she can still keep on seeing him as a patient and the screwiness continues.
Carefree only showcases 4 song and dance numbers which isn't much compared to Fred and Ginger's 7 predecessors. Irving Berlin wrote the score although I think they aren't well known tunes they are still superb songs like Change Partners which Astaire sings because he is banned to talk to Ginger. Ginger is really the gem in this film in my opinion, known well for being a great comedic and dramatic actress this showcases her comic abilities brilliantly. Its a change in character for both actors Fred usually playing the love struck American dancer and Ginger usually playing the proper lady but then again she is drugged up and hypnotized in a good part of this 83-min film so whose to know whose who. This has a great supporting cast also, but I did miss Edward Everett Horton he is the icing on the cake in Top Hat, The Gay Divorcee and Shall we Dance.When this originally came out it was underestimated and I think its definitely still an underrated classic comedy but I would say that because I enjoy all of Ginger and Fred's escapades they are terrific.
Photo: Ginger, Irving Berlin, Fred.
gingers top with the heart and Arrows reminded me of this Karen Walker t - shirt I have lol Inspiration? different but the same.
...and Karen walker's dress version is even more similar, she's a N.Z designer , her clothing rules look her up if you are interested heres a link: Karen walker.
hope you enjoy! and especially vkmfan from Gingerology