Fred Astaire’s Scene in Damsel in distress 1937 Posted on November 7, 2014November 7, 2014 by iHeartMusic.Org Gershwin died of a brain tumor while the film Damsel In Distress was in production. The picture was released four months after his death. This is Fred Astaire’s best scene; a Tap/Drum Solo! What’s not to love about this?!?! Posted in Uncategorized.