Ginger Rogers is a triple threat. She can sing, act and dance. She even won an Oscar for her 1941 performance in Kitty Foyle.
I taped several of her films that I haven’t seen (I’m trying to see all of her movies). One of these movies that I taped was Twenty Million Sweethearts (1934). The movie features Ginger Rogers and Dick Powell with a supporting cast of Allen Jenkins and Pat O’Brien.
Ginger Rogers is best known for the 10 films that she made with Fred Astaire. The screen team is recognized for their singing and dancing, but Astaire is generally the only one who gets to sing. Rogers only had the chance to sing solo in two of their 10 films together. These rare times occurred when Astaire refused to sing a song that was originally written for him. An example of this is “The Yam” in Carefree (1938).
The treat about the movie Twenty Million Sweethearts is we actually hear Ginger sing several songs. I find it ironic that Ginger Rogers had the chance to sing more in a movie with Dick Powell than she does in her movies with Fred Astaire.
Dick Powell was one of the top “crooners” in the 1930s. His smooth voice could make women melt like butter. Fred Astaire was known more for his dancing. I’m sure women wouldn’t mind if he sang to them, but I have a feeling they would rather it be in their ear as he whisked them around on a dance floor.
Here is a comparison of the two men’s singing qualities:
Dick Powell and Ginger Rogers in “Twenty Million Sweethearts.” (1934)
Fred Astaire singing “The Way You Look Tonight” to Ginger Rogers in “Swing Time” (1936)
I personally would rather have Powell sing to me over Astaire. Who do you prefer?
Comet Over Hollywood, named for the 1938 Kay Francis film Comet Over Broadway, offers anything from Hollywood beauty tips to rants about Katherine Hepburn. Jessica Pickens is a journalism student at Winthrop University who is interested in silent films to anything made before 1964. She writes for Winthrop’s student newspaper, The Johnsonian, and the Shelby Star in Shelby North Carolina. Her Facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/pages/Comet-Over-Hollywood-Blog/105843689466479?ref=ts