The Gay Divorcee (1934)
"Aren’t you ever going to stop running away from me?"
Fred Astaire in “The Gay Divorcee” (1934)
Night And Day (1932) - Cole Porter
Written for the musical play The Gay Divorce, the song was first introduced by Astaire on stage in 1932, and his recording went to number one on the chart. Here he performs it in the 1934 film version retitled The Gay Divorcee, his first starring picture with Ginger Rogers. It became one of Astaire’s signature songs and is arguably Cole Porter’s most popular contribution to The Great American Songbook. The song has been re-recorded by numerous artists since it’s release.
"The best way to hear a song is to hear Fred Astaire sing it." - Liza Minnelli
The Gay Divorcee (1934).
The Gay Divorcee + Aunt Hortense
Ginger & Fred in “The Gay Divorcee”
Fred Astaire gives Ginger Rogers a kiss on the hand in The Gay Divorcee (1934).
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in “The Gay Divorcee”, 1934.
Night and day, you are the one. Only you beneath the moon or under the sun.
A Needle in a Haystack (1934) - Herb Magidson & Con Conrad
Not originally in the stage production of The Gay Divorce, A Needle in a Haystack was written specifically for the film adaptation (retitled The Gay Divorcee). Most of the original songs from the stage production were left out of the film, with the exception of Cole Porter’s Night and Day. The number provided Fred with an opportunity to show off his unique talent and charm in his first starring feature.