I admit it, this post may well be just an excuse for me to show some pictures of ELEANOR POWELL,tap dancer extraordinaire!
In a 1936 Picturegoer magazine article,the eye catching title was “I’LL NEVER DANCE WITH ASTAIRE!” by Eleanor Powell.
Eleanor, fresh from BROADWAY MELODY OF 1936 says,
“Lots of fans have written to ask if we were going to be teamed.He is of course the greatest dancer of them all.But I don’t think we would be a good team.Our style of dancing is totally different.Fred is very aerial and covers a lot of space,while I dance close to the ground….
Fred wouldn’t dance with me.He’d know we could never be a team because we are utterly different.”
How wrong can you be! Of course Eleanor joined Fred Astaire for some terrific numbers in BROADWAY MELODY OF 1940. “Begin the Beguine” is surely one of the best ever dance numbers in any musical.
Of course, in 1936 Astaire was at RKO in a very successful partnership with GINGER ROGERS. The chances of RKO lending out Fred were slim.