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The Sky's the Limit (1943)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 13 July 1943 (USA)
Flying Tiger Fred Atwell sneaks away from his famous squadron's personal appearance tour and goes incognito for several days of leave. He quickly falls for photographer Joan Manion, ... See full summary »

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Flying Tiger Fred Atwell sneaks away from his famous squadron's personal appearance tour and goes incognito for several days of leave. He quickly falls for photographer Joan Manion, pursuing her in the guise of a carefree drifter. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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Here's a thrill, new and gay! It's a dance filled holiday!


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(RCA Sound System)

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Trivia

In one scene Joan Manion (played by Joan Leslie) is asked by Fred Atwell - a.k.a. Fred Burton (played by Fred Astaire) if her boss, Mr. Harriman (played by Robert Benchley), has ever proposed marriage to her: She replies that he has attempted to numerous times, but keeps getting side-tracked by discussions of such things as the "love life of a polyp". It turns out that in one of Robert Benchley's earliest films he played a "Doctor Benchley" in the film The Sex Life of the Polyp (1928) where he lectures Women's Clubs on this interesting creature that can change its sex. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the film Fred Astaire is shown piloting a P-40 "Flying Tiger" Warhawk. He is in pursuit of a low winged enemy plane. After he shoots a plane is seen going down with smoke coming out but it is a biplane, not the one he was chasing. See more »

Quotes

Joan Manion: You know, purely in a sociological way, you interest me. A little.
Fred Atwell: Well, it's a beginning, isn't it?
Joan Manion: Don't get me wrong! What interests me is this passion you seem to have for having your picture taken.
Fred Atwell: Let's talk it over.
[to bartender]
Fred Atwell: I'll have the same, please.
Joan Manion: You know, I'm supposed to be taking pictures of celebrities.
Fred Atwell: Couldn't I be the fellow who never gets his name mentioned? The one they call 'a friend'? You know: 'Ginger Rogers - and friend.'
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Connections

Featured in Great Performances: The Fred Astaire Songbook (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

A Lot in Common with You
(uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung and Danced by Fred Astaire, Joan Leslie
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One more for the road
12 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Very few people have heard of it, but this is really one of my favorite Fred Astaire movies. In part because Fred does one of the best angry dance scenes that I've ever seen. He stumbles drunken, singing One More for my Baby, and smashes glass with his feet. He sways to the rhythm and leaps up on the metal bar to tap smash shattering glass. If you're lucky enough to see this movie keep in mind, that's real glass, not sugar glass like you normally see in movies. This was during WWII and sugar was rationed. Fred and Joan Leslie have a number of lovely romantic dance scenes. The background plot of WWII provides, well, a plot. By turns funny and bittersweet, a great dance movie.


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