Somewhere, someone may have been as good at his job as Fred Astaire was at dancing. For sure, no one was better. Tributes to Mr. Perfect flowed freely following his recent death at 88.

They said he "improved on perfection." In comparison, the uncanny grace and ease with which he performed left other top dancers looking as if they were doing something else. "It made him the envy of dance professionals everywhere," said one tribute. He was the "dancer who made it all look so easy with his witty, sophisticated, casual air."

For those who watched and loved his works through the years, for those who weren't around at the time, and for fans yet to come, 34 of his 43 movies are available on videos.

"Dancing Lady," 1933

"Flying Down to Rio," 1933

"The Gay Divorcee," 1934

"Roberta," 1935

"Top Hat," 1935

"Follow The Fleet," 1936

"Swing Time," 1936

"Shall We Dance," 1937

"A Damsel in Distress," 1937

"Carefree," 1938

"The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle," 1939

"Broadway Melody of 1940," 1940

"Second Chorus," 1940

"You'll Never Get Rich," 1941

"Holiday Inn," 1942

"You Were Never Lovelier," 1942

"The Sky's the Limit," 1943

"Yolanda and the Thief," 1945

"Ziegfeld Follies," 1946

"Royal Wedding," 1951

"The Band Wagon," 1953

"Silk Stockings," 1957

"On the Beach," 1959

"That's Entertainment," 1974

"The Towering Inferno," 1974

"That's Entertainment II," 1975

"The Amazing Dobermans," 1976

"The Purple Taxi," 1977

"The Man in the Santa Claus Suit," 1978

"A Family Upside Down," 1978

"Ghost Story," 1981

The nine films that have not yet found their way to cassettedom are: "Blue Skies," 1946; "The Barkleys of Broadway," 1949; "Three Little Words," 1950; "Let's Dance," 1950; "The Belle of New York," 1952; "Daddy Long Legs," 1955; "The Pleasure of His Company," 1961; "The Notorious Lady," 1962, and "Midas Run," 1969.

When Astaire was asked about his popularity, he once replied, "I don't know why they like me. I guess it's because I look so funny."

Tom Brokow of NBC told of a White House dinner to which Astaire was also invited. The young newsman rented white tie and tails and felt very spiffy -- until he looked across the room and saw the elegant Astaire. Bob Hope was nearby. He tapped Brokow on the shoulder and said, "Don't feel bad, kid. We all feel the same."