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Director:
Writers:
Frank Fenton (original screenplay) and
Lynn Root (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
13 July 1943 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
Flying Tiger Fred Atwell sneaks away from his famous squadron's personal appearance tour and goes incognito for several days of leave... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
User Reviews:
Woefully under-rated... See more (29 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Fred Astaire ... Fred Atwell aka Fred Burton

Joan Leslie ... Joan Manion
Robert Benchley ... Phil Harriman

Robert Ryan ... Reginald Fenton
Elizabeth Patterson ... Mrs. Fisher
Marjorie Gateson ... Canteen Hostess
Freddie Slack ... Freddie Slack - Leader of His Orchestra
Freddie Slack and His Orchestra ... Freddie Slack's Orchestra
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Aldrich ... Pilot (uncredited)
Robert Anderson ... Officer (uncredited)

Bobby Barber ... Canteen Waiter (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict ... Dinner Guest (uncredited)
Joseph E. Bernard ... Third Bartender (uncredited)
Eric Blore ... Jackson - Phil's Butler (uncredited)
Ralph Bucko ... Cowboy (uncredited)
Roy Bucko ... Cowboy (uncredited)
Georgia Caine ... Charwoman (uncredited)
Jack Carr ... Customer (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Officer at Dinner (uncredited)
Richard Davies ... Richard Merlin (uncredited)
Henri DeSoto ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Norma Drury Boleslavsky ... Mrs. Leo Roskowski (uncredited)

Neil Hamilton ... Navy Officer on Train (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Sergeant - Canteen Doorman (uncredited)
Olin Howland ... Driver (uncredited)
Paul Hurst ... Dock Foreman (uncredited)
Dorothy Kelly ... Phil's Secretary (uncredited)
Joseph Kim ... Chinese Official (uncredited)
Clarence Kolb ... Harvey J. Sloan (uncredited)

Peter Lawford ... Naval Commander (uncredited)
Jerry Mandy ... Italian Waiter (uncredited)
Rita Maritt ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Frank McClure ... Officer at Dinner (uncredited)
Ed McNamara ... Mac - First Bartender (uncredited)
Frank Melton ... Navy Office on Train (uncredited)
Ella Mae Morse ... Singer (uncredited)
Al Murphy ... Fourth Bartender (uncredited)

Clarence Muse ... Colonial Club Doorman (uncredited)
William J. O'Brien ... Bartender (uncredited)
Victor Potel ... Joe - Second Bartender (uncredited)
Rhoda Reese ... Powers Model (uncredited)
Larry Rio ... Dancing Soldier (uncredited)
Dick Rush ... Railway Conductor (uncredited)
Clint Sharp ... Cowboy (uncredited)
Jack Shea ... Officer in Nightclub (uncredited)
Ida Shoemaker ... Flower Woman (uncredited)
Anne G. Sterling ... Attractive Woman in the Canteen (uncredited)
Ann Summers ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ferris Taylor ... Cook (uncredited)
Amelita Ward ... Southern Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward H. Griffith 
 
Writing credits
Frank Fenton (original screenplay) and
Lynn Root (original screenplay)

S.K. Lauren  uncredited
William T. Ryder  story (uncredited)

Produced by
David Hempstead .... producer
Sherman Todd .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Leigh Harline (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Russell Metty (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Roland Gross 
 
Art Direction by
Carroll Clark 
Albert S. D'Agostino 
 
Set Decoration by
Claude E. Carpenter (set decorations) (as Claude Carpenter)
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Renié (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ruby Rosenberg .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
James G. Stewart .... rerecordist
Richard Van Hessen .... recordist
Terry Kellum .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Harold Arlen .... music by
Leigh Harline .... musical director
Johnny Mercer .... lyrics by
Sidney Cutner .... music arranger (uncredited)
Maurice De Packh .... music arranger (uncredited)
Gil Grau .... music arranger (uncredited)
Philip Green .... music arranger (uncredited)
Phil Moore .... music arranger (uncredited)
Jack Virgil .... music arranger (uncredited)
Roy Webb .... music arranger (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Fred Astaire .... dances created and staged by
Robert T. Smith .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
89 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Iceland:L | UK:U | UK:U (video rating) (1986) (1997) (2010) | USA:Approved (PCA #9127)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Fred Astaire's character says he learned to dance at the 'Arthur Murray' dancing school. Astaire had previously been in a dispute with the company over the unauthorized use of his likeness.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Fred's escort in the parade shows him to the door at the hotel, she turns as the hotel room doors open. The next frame, they are back together in their original positions before the door opened. This is supported by the later photo of them that Robert Benchley shows Fred at the bar after creating the Flying Tiger drink.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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Movie Connections:
References The Sex Life of the Polyp (1928)See more »
Soundtrack:
Touch of TexasSee more »

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27 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Woefully under-rated..., 6 April 1999
Author: David Fiore from Montreal

This may conceivably be THE most under-rated film of all-time... NO ONE seems to love it as much as I do. Maltin, etc. all consider it one of Fred's worst movies. I don't understand why! He's great, Robert Benchley is on hand (doing one of his best patented befuddled speaker routines), and Joan Leslie is beautiful, sharp, and a great dancer (she really keeps up with Astaire, which is hard to do!) On top of that there are two immortal songs ("My Shining Hour", and "One For My Baby). It's not really a musical though, more of a romantic-comedy. Astaire and Leslie have a wonderful chemistry, especially in their debates over the importance of work in a man's life (Astaire is practically playing a gen-xer here!) Don't listen to the critics, watch this movie, it has biting wit, good music, and will leave you wistfully happy!

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