The great star was sought as one of four major attractions in Stanley Donen's MGM musical after "Singin' In the Rain."
Considered a candidate to play chimney sweep Bert.
Astaire was thought of for the role of Gaylord Ravenal when MGM thought of making this musical in 1944.
Astaire was the studio's first choice to play the legendary entertainer/dancer/playwright/songwriter George M. Cohan.
Did you know that Fred Astaire was not the only choice for this movie? (click to learn more)