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An Evening with Fred Astaire (1958)

Director:

Bud Yorkin

Writer:

Herbert Baker (special material by)
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Won 9 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Fred Astaire ... Himself
Jonah Jones Jonah Jones ... Himself
David Rose David Rose ... Himself - Orchestra Leader
Barrie Chase ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Art Gilmore ... Himself - Announcer
Larri Thomas ... Herself (Hermes Pan Dancer)
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Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fred Astaire singt und tanzt See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Currently the second-oldest surviving color program to be recorded on videotape; the oldest known color videotape is the May 1958 inauguration of NBC's Washington, D.C. color studios. See more »


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Man with the Blues
by David Rose
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This is on videotape-- somewhere!!
22 October 2002 | by movibuf1962See all my reviews

By 1957, Fred Astaire had starred in his final musical films as a leading man: "Funny Face" and "Silk Stockings." He then unofficially retired- until NBC television producer Bud Yorkin brought him back. Having done Broadway in the 30's and radio in the 40's, television was the only medium he had not yet conquered. This stunning hour-long variety show was done live, in color, and basically illustrated, in Astaire's own words, a 'dance bash.' He performed a medley of songs from his movies, presented a team of dancers who had done bits in his last films, and performed with jazz great Jonah Jones. And he re-introduced himself as a leading man with newcomer Barrie Chase, of the longer-than-long legs and Fosse-like moves, in two duets: the ballroom turn "Change Partners" and the jazz flavored "St. James Infirmary Blues," performed on trumpet and narrated by Jones, and danced in a stunning duet with Astaire and Chase that alternates between athletic and sexy. She (in black capri pants) was roughly 25 years old, he (sans white tie and tails) was 59. The special won nine Emmy awards, including one for Astaire himself, and has been preserved on color videotape- currently the SECOND oldest ever color videotape program. Truly a major achievement of early television. Hopefully it will be re-released soon; the public should see this marvelous time capsule of television.


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