Can’t Sing, Can’t Dance…

An early Hollywood screen test of Fred Astaire earned this now-famous review from a studio talent scout:

“Can’t sing, can’t dance, can’t act… Balding, skinny, lacks charm, style and grace… Should not star in movies or on stage… Should not be dressed in a tuxedo… Should not be paired with Ginger Rogers, Bing Crosby or Judy Garland… Should not appear in novelty dance numbers with roller skates, firecrackers, or hat racks… Should not get the girl in the end.”

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