Books: Memory Lane

THE FRED ASTAIRE AND GINGER ROGERS BOOK by ARLENE CROCE 191 pages. Outerbridge & Lazard. $9.95.

He had an undernourished clown's face, an indeterminately skinny body, and a sophistication that he wore with uncertainty—even in his white tie, top hat and tails. She was soft-and sunny-looking—not beautiful or exotic, but pretty in a way that suggested both sexual challenge and the sisterly virtue of the girl next door.

But somehow, somewhen, he always got her to dance. Suddenly, this bony, nervous little man became masterful. Invariably, the scornful, the superior, the prickly Ginger Rogers responded. Their dances, begun as wary fencing, ended...

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