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  1. Thanks for mentioning the term "Hoofer" during the Top Hat segment. I was searching for the right word or words to try and describe Keeler and Powell. I would describe Keeler as a Hoofer and Powell as a Hoofer Plus. Obviously both can dance but there was a big difference in how they danced and the mood conveyed watching them. Powell seemed to put more emotion and/ or show more emotion and joy, Keeler seemed less so. Granted, Powell appeared to have a heavy cast around her, but she stood out and no one could ignore her. Keeler's performance seemed very low key by comparison and that was probably good for her-no competition to watch.
  2. This clip and indeed the whole movie shows the screwball nature of relationships. Contrast this to Broadway Melody where there is barely a hint of the idea of women being independent and being comfortable with that idea. Fred has to accept Ginger as she is, not as he may want her to be. The same can be said of the wife, who is very strong minded and independent. Broadway Melody to be fair was the first Musical and in a different era regarding the nature of relationships, storylines evolved afterwards.
  3. Both scenes show that there is a comfort level in their interactions with each other. There is a playfulness that underscores their behavior that shows flirtation and wooing in a very respectful manner that is well within the code.
  4. The interaction between Nelson and Jeanette is very well played with mild flirtation/wooing? With the Hollywood Film Code there was probably a lot of experimentation to determine what is in good taste where romance is concerned.

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