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April 17, 2012

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Kara

Danstar taps!

Of course, you've heard about the legend, that Astaire's first screen test generated the comment "Balding. Can't sing. Dances a little."

FIDM Museum

Yes! I came across several variations of that quote while researching this post. Quite an underestimation of his talents!

Jon Goell

I think the Astaire brown suede tap shoes with the extended toe taps were worn in the "Top Hat" scene in which Astaire is driving a London Hansom cab and tapping to the horse hoof rhythms for his unwitting passenger, Ginger Rogers. The shoes appear in a close-up, and the taps sound like they were recorded live during filming.

Jon Goell

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