The sixth of RKO's Fred Astaire -Ginger Rogers pairings of the 1930s, Swing Time starts off with bandleader Astaire getting cold feet on his wedding day.
Astaire's bride-to-be Betty Furness will give him a second chance, providing he proves himself responsible enough to earn $25,000. Astaire naturally tries to avoid earning that amount once he falls in love with dance instructor Ginger Rogers.
Numerous complications ensue, leading to the second time's the charm climax, with Ginger escaping her own wedding to wealthy Georges Metaxa in order to be reunited with Astaire.
The film's most indelible image is that of Fred Astaire, immaculately attired in top hat and tails, hopping a freight car--a perfect encapsulation of the film's Depression-era cheekiness.
The Jerome Kern-Dorothy Fields score includes such standards-to-be as Pick Yourself Up, A Fine Romance, The Way You Look Tonight, Never Gonna Dance and Bojangles of Harlem. The peerless supporting cast of Swing Time includes Helen Broderick, Victor Moore, Eric Blore, and Landers Stevens, the actor-father of the film's director, George Stevens.