A nightclub performer (Astaire) hires a chorus girl (Garland) in order to make his dancer partner (Miller), who broke their dance team for his best friend (Lawford) jealous and to prove that he can make any of his partners a star.
It was released on June 30, 1948.
Tropes for the film:
- Actor Allusion:
- All Love Is Unrequited: At least until about a half hour before the end, Hannah loves Don, Don loves Nadine, Nadine loves Johnny (for his money), and Johnny loves Hannah. Then, of course, Don loves Hannah ("Why didn't you tell me I was in love with you?"), Johnny gives his blessing, and everyone forgets about Nadine.
- Creator In-Joke: The shedding feathered gown worn by Garland when she dances with Astaire in one number is an inside joke reference to Ginger Rogers' problematic gown in Top Hat. An ostrich feather broke loose from her elaborate gown and stubbornly floated in mid air around Astaire's face.
- "Eureka!" Moment: Nadine tells Don that Hannah is simply copying her. This gives him the idea to instruct Hannah to simply be herself.
- Fashion Show: The number "The Girl on the Magazine Cover".
- MayDecember Romance: Fred Astaire was 49 years old at the time, while Judy Garland was 26 years old.
- Pretty in Mink: There are several fur wraps, including a long white ermine stole that Don shops for, and Nadine wears later on.
- Pygmalion Plot: Don brags that he can make a star of the next dancer he meets. He randomly picks Hannah out of a chorus line to be his new partner.
- "Shut Up" Kiss: Don invites for dinner Hannah at his place that turns out to be a rehearsal. This causes her to rant about how he only sees her as an aid. When she guesses that he doesn't know her colour, he kisses her and correctly says her eye colour.
- Stage Names: Don encourages Hannah to adopt an exotic stage name "Juanita". Once he encourages her to be herself, she reverts to her old name.
- Umbrella of Togetherness: The song "A Fella with an Umbrella", as Johnny falls in love with Hannah while they walk in the rain under the umbrella from a fruit cart, completing the film's Love Dodecahedron.
- Vapor Wear: Hannah Brown seems to not be wearing a single bra through the whole film.