1. This does not necessarily appear to be a "battle" between the dancers. At times Rogers almost seems to be Astaire's shadow and vice versa. 2. The songs have dance with them and both are more a part of the plot instead of stage numbers. 3. The roles of men and women were changing in real life and this film reflects that through a stronger more equal heroine and a man who is comfortable with that change. Men and women were both looking for work since a breadwinner was needed and it did not matter as much as it had previously which person was the provider.