HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FRED ASTAIRE! A Damsel in Distress (1937-100 min.). An American hoofer (Fred Astaire, born Frederick Austerlitz this day in 1899) woos an English heiress (Joan Fontaine), despite her disapproving family. Songs by George and Ira Gershwin. George Stevens’ movie also stars George Burns and Gracie Allen. 7:30 p.m.