Cinema: The New Pictures, Jul. 13, 1953

The Band Wagon (M-G-M). Ginger may come and Rita may go, but Fred Astaire goes on forever. In this, his 28th cinemusical, the patriarch (54) of hard-shoe goes on right handsomely with the help of a new partner who can fill the shoes—and the nylons—of the best of Astaire's former dancing partners. Cyd Charisse is a sinuously lovely sprout who has elegantly survived the trampling of regiments of chorus boys in a half-dozen movie ballets. Now, with Astaire at the hip, she finally has a full-fledged dancing-and-speaking part, not that she has to...

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