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Fred Astaire back in town

Fred Astaire back in town

Sept. 6, 1935: Actor Fred Astaire, with his luggage, arrives by train in Los Angeles after a three-month vacation.

A brief article in the Sept. 10, 1935, Los Angeles Times reported:

Fred Astaire, rested after a three months’ vacation in the East, is back in Hollywood preparing for his next Radio picture, “Follow the Fleet,” in which the dancing comedian will again be co-starred with Ginger Rogers.

Reports to the contrary, the team of Astaire and Rogers will not be dissolved.

In four pictures, Fred and Ginger have scaled filmdom’s heights. Beginning with “Flying Down to Rio” and proceeding through “The Gay Divorcee,” “Roberta” and “Top Hat,” they have toppled records everywhere and given the world a brand-new type of “class” entertainment…

Just two years before, in 1933, Astaire was given a small part opposite Joan Crawford in “Dancing Lady” despite the verdict from his screen test: “Can’t act. Slightly bald. Can dance a little.”

“Follow the Fleet” was released on Feb. 20, 1936.

This photo was published in the Sept. 7, 1935, Los Angeles Times and later in the 1999 Los Angeles book “High Exposure: Hollywood Lives – Found Photos from the Archives of the Los Angeles Times.”


  1. September 9, 2013, 9:27 am

    Great post! Back in the mid 70's I had a major crush on Fred Astaire and my dad had to break it to me that a) He was in his 30's when he made those movies and b) That was 40 years prior! Funny, I DID wind up marrying a man who makes me laugh who can also dance 🙂

    By: Lisa
  2. September 16, 2013, 6:23 pm

    What a fabulous photograph – thank you for posting. Is it available to purchase, ideally in a large format?

    By: Lisa

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