Friday, May 10, 2013

The Urban Hounds Celebrate Fred Astaire's 114th Birthday

 Today we are participating in Sugar's see beautiful blog hop.   For mom old movies, particularly from the 1930s, are a think of beauty.

Did you know today May 10th is Fred Astaire's Birthday?

Weasley didn't and its an  important day around here.

Weasley: "Who the heck is this Fred Astaire?"

Norbert: "Fred Astaire is mom's favorite movie star.  He made 41 films, ten with his most famous partner Ginger Rogers.  These statues show Fred and Ginger from the film the Barkely's of Broadway."

 Tubby: "She has his autobiography Steps in Time and I know she had read it more then once." (Mom note: If you are for some reason interested the newer book The Astaires: Fred and Adele  is also really interesting, its all about Fred's early career and relationship with his dancing partner sister .)

Ping: "And of course mom has all the DVDs of his best films, and we will be watching them tonight!"
(Mom Note: Bulldog brother Bob did not participate in the Fred Astaire history lesson because he is not trusted with the figurines, he is a bit like a bull in a china shop, pun intended.)

In conclusion our favorite Fred dance from Top Hat

 Now if only Fred had been waiting around with an umbrella on Wednesday, during this beautiful rainstorm:

Enjoy your day, rain or shine!


  1. I would have never watched this if it hadn't been for you! Thanks soooo much! I loved that video and will be looking for that movie to watch with my Dad this weekend! Don't they just look like they're having a blast too!?!

  2. I use to watch Fred and Ginger with my Nan, brought back lots of happy memories :) xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  3. Fred and Ginger brought a lot of beauty to millions of people - perfect on See Beautiful Friday!

  4. 114! Hard to believe. I first remember watching Fred Astaire in the 60's and 70's on many variety shows. I hope that one day you and hubby get to go on a TCM Classics Cruise. You would be in seventh heaven.

  5. We love Fred and Ginger and we agree the thirties was a period of great beauty. Have a beautiful Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

  6. Well, it was simply fate that today was the See Beautiful blog hop! I call my sister Lindsay, Fred Astaire (long story), so this has completely transformed my day. Can't wait to go get "fred" a little birthday gift. ;) Thank you for seeing beautiful with us.

    Lydia @ See Beautiful

  7. Happy birthday, Mr. Fred! A bulldog in a china shop.... BOL! I would totally try to chew on them.


  8. Fred Who? hahhha no I know who he is only because I asked my MOM.

  9. Woof! Woof! Oh! ... Singing in the RAIN. My mom signs that to me when it rain and we are walking. Golden Thanks for sharing and Happy Seeing Beauty. Golden Thanks for joining our hop and hope you can join us next month on our 1 year This Moment See Beautiful Hop Anniversary. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  10. Down here we call that kind of rain storm a "frog strangler" BOL! Gonna fire up the Roku box and see what Fred Astaire films so we can have a great double (or triple) feature tonight...Have a wonderful dance-filled weekend

  11. Bob and I have so much in common :-)

    Love Fred and Ginger - what a great plan for the evening - your very own film festival, with the greatest audience!

  12. I am not familiar to old films or actors, but he sure is a good dancer! Happy birthday to Fred Astaire and I hope you all enjoy the movie night!

  13. We are seeing lots of rain in this part of the country! Also, cute little tribute!:)

  14. Fred Astaire was brilliant! Wow, that is a real rainstorm, love to watch them.
    Lynne x

  15. That storm looks like the perfect time to kick back and watch a Fred Astaire film! Can't believe he'd be 114!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  16. And this is why we love reading your blog!! Love the information you share with us. The dance clip made Mom smile. Brought back memories.
    Bailey, Hazel & Greta

  17. He was an awesome dancer!! We totally enjoyed your pics!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

  18. My Mommy also loves Fred Astaire!

    Loveys Sasha

  19. Awww, poor Bob. That's ok I bet you were curled up watching the movie with everyone and that's even better :)

    I love Tubby's expression it's as if he is saying huh once? she's read it a million times. Or he was thinking what? we're watching those movies again? Whatever he's thinking he's making me smile.