The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939)
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as Vernon Castle
as Irene Castle
as Maggie Sutton
as Papa Aubel
as Mrs. Foote
as Emile Aubel
as Dr. Foote
as Student Pilot
as Papa Louis
as Claire Ford
as Grand Duke
as Hotel Manager
as Army Pilot
as Army Pilot
as Lady in Revolving Door
as Irene's Girl Friend
as Man in Audience
as Stage Manager
as Movie Director
as Messenger at Beach
as Lady Bolton
as Cab Driver
Critic Reviews for The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle
If joy and liberation exudes from the best Astaire-Rogers films, this is defined by restriction.
It's not exactly a stretch for Astaire and Rogers, but they do the old rags-to-riches angle seamlessly, and the finale is surprisingly touching.
Lesser Astaire-Rogers vehicle, but pleasant.
The duo's most unusual film, a surprisingly effective tearjerker
Audience Reviews for The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle
And they are gone: ay, ages long ago These lovers fled away into the storm.
These lines, the opening of the final stanza of John Keats' The Eve of St. Agnes, come to mind as the long run of Ginger and Fred comes to an end. It's their escape into the realm of legend.
Heartbreaking. Although they would reunite through a twist of fate a decade later, this was the last intentional pairing of Rogers and Astaire, the end of their nine film run into cinematic history.
Perhaps because this tragic story is based on the real lives of Vernon and Irene Castle, and, of course, the untimely death of Vernon Castle, that story and the end of the Rogers and Astaire dynasty combine for an even sadder double impact. To see them, in the end, dancing off into the distance in Ginger's/Irene's imagination heightens the melancholy of the moment. The characters and the actors are gone, ay ages long ago. The greatest dancing duo in movie history -- then, now, and forever.
Different from other Fred & Ginger movies in being a bio and probably not too factual but great dancing, their chemistry and Edna May Oliver make it a fine entertainment.
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