Swing Time, 1936 might be the best of the nine RKO Astaire-Rogers musicals. The plot is paper thin—Astaire plays a gambler and dancer who must earn $25,000 in order to win a bride—but the dance numbers, choreographed by Astaire and Hermes Pan, are luminous.
“Waltz in Swing Time” is an incredibly complicated routine a “syncopated waltz with tap overlays.” So difficult is this dance that director George Stevens—in order to get it in one shot as Astaire insisted—had to shoot numerous takes in order to get it right.
By the end of the day Ginger Rogers shoes were filled with blood.
The reliable Counter Terrorism blog concludes that the Fort Hood massacre is the largest terror act since 9-11.
And hey, let’s stop digging into the life of the Ft. Hood terrorist. He’s evil. A jihadist. It’s not complicated. Worthy of our attention and gratitude is the woman who stopped the mass murderer, Sgt. Kimberly Munley.