Eleanor Powell's the girl, James Stewart's the guy and Cole Porter's the tunesmith in Born to Dance, a break-a-leg tale of an understudy turned Broadway star that includes Powell taking command of a battleship for "Swingin' the Jinx Away." Her radiant appeal and astonishing tap-dancing skills energize the screen again when she plays friend and matchmaker to two struggling songwriters (Robert Young, Ann Sothern) in Lady Be Good. Highlights include Powell's astonishing "Fascinating Rhythm" hoofing and Sothern's poignant rendition of the World War II evergreen and Oscar-winning Best Song "The Last Time I Saw Paris."
Hoofer Eleanor Powell is indeed "Born to Dance," and she proves it to boyfriend James Stewart (who tries a few steps himself), in this MGM musical boasting a Cole Porter score that includes "Easy to Love" and "I've Got You Under My Skin." Buddy Ebsen, Virginia Bruce co-star. Next, songwriting couple Robert Young and Ann Sothern break up, but, in the best film musical tradition, sing their way back together, in "Lady Be Good." The Academy Award-winning tune "The Last Time I Saw Paris" highlights a score that includes "Fascinating Rhythm" and "You'll Never Know"; with Powell, Red Skelton, Lionel Barrymore; look for a young Doris Day. 3 1/2 hrs. total on two discs. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH), French; audio-only outtakes; bonus shorts "Hollywood: The Second Step" (1936), "The Old Mill Pond" (1936), "Glimpses of Florida" (1941), "The Rookie Bear" (1941); theatrical trailers; radio program "Hollywood Hotel"; radio spot.