I broke a rule. I told myself I wasn't going to watch any Rogers-Astaire dances on YouTube unless I had already seen the film. It's weirdly important to me that I see the dance within the context of the film the first time--like, I want to keep things special and not spoil the film for myself, I think? I'm not sure. I never claimed to make sense. Anyhoo, I've been doing pretty well avoiding clicking on tempting things, but I broke down and watched I'll Be Hard to Handle, even though I haven't yet seen Roberta. I know. I'm the worst, I should be kicked out of the fandom, etc etc. Well I'm new, so give me a grace period to catch up! I spent a good portion of the afternoon reading Ginger's book and having read about her delight in filming I'll Be Hard To Handle, I couldn't stop myself from watching it. So there, I went and spoiled part of Roberta. But it was grand and I'm glad I did. I don't know why it's so crucial to me that I not see the dances before I see the movies. I guess I just want to experience it for the first time the way it was intended to be seen.
That said, I'm going to make myself a list of what I have and haven't seen so I can properly keep track of my Ginger education.
Here's I'll Be Hard to Handle. In her book Ginger noted that the taps were done directly instead of dubbed, so what we're hearing is what was happening, and that her giggles and Fred's laughter during the number are authentic as they were having a ball.