IMDb > The Sky's the Limit (1943/I)
The Sky's the Limit
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

The Sky's the Limit (1943/I) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 6 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
6.5/10   547 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 15% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Frank Fenton (original screenplay) and
Lynn Root (original screenplay)
(more)
Contact:
View company contact information for The Sky's the Limit on IMDbPro.
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 »
NewsDesk:
(47 articles)
'Arrow' Spinoff 'The Atom' Planned at The CW
 (From MovieWeb. 12 January 2015, 6:27 AM, PST)

Teaser for The Purge: Anarchy promises more government sanctioned carnage
 (From JoBlo. 12 February 2014, 4:41 AM, PST)

Downton Abbey Renewed for Season 5
 (From Vulture. 10 November 2013, 7:19 PM, PST)

User Reviews:
Highs and Lows 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)
Edna Harris ... Salesgirl (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Sergeant - Canteen Doorman (uncredited)
Olin Howland ... Driver (uncredited)
Russell Hoyt ... Minor Role (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)
 

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
89 min
Country:
Language:
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:
The song "Hangin' on to You" was written for the film but not used.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the opening Flying Tiger air battle, the single wing fighter Fred is pursuing becomes a biplane when shot down.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.'
See more »
Soundtrack:
Touch of TexasSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Highs and Lows, 27 November 2009
Author: Doghouse-6 from Glendale, CA

Very much in the Fred Astaire canon of the 30's-40's (Fred meets girl, Fred exasperates girl, Fred wins girl over on the dance floor), THE SKY'S THE LIMIT - although uneven - contains some of Astaire's best and most unusual moments on film. It's worth getting past a few jarring notes to access them.

In almost every one of his musicals, Fred plays some extension of the same character: the lovestruck, earnest but insouciant sophisticate, and for some reason the standard formula required Fred to annoy the object of his affection upon their initial meeting - and often for some time after. This picture frequently carries the gimmick to inexplicable extremes.

The recipient of Fred's love at first sight is magazine photographer Joan Leslie, who although not quite a triple-threat (her singing voice is courtesy of Sally Sweetland, but she could dance and handle both comedy and drama; call her a two-and-a-half threat) is generally up to the task, and projects a maturity far beyond her 18 (yup: 18) years. Supplying able assistance is Robert Benchley as Joan's editor and would-be suitor, who has moments hinting at more depth as an actor than he was usually given an opportunity to display.

With Fred portraying a Flying Tiger ace who skips out on a PR tour to enjoy a few days of fun before returning to duty, there are elements of wartime morale-boosting, but only around the edges, and in what sometimes is an almost subversive vein. After enduring a discourse on "how to win this war" from the man who has given him a lift to town, Astaire's only response is, "What's your classification?" "4-F," the man answers, to which Astaire replies, "That's what I thought."

In an odd bit of casting, Robert Ryan appears as one of Fred's Air Forces buddies, but takes the script's intended mischief a bit too seriously. In scenes that call for him to merely tease, he practically drips with menace. That quality would serve him well in subsequent films, but here it's one of the aforementioned jarring notes.

There's still plenty of fun along the way, and the script is sprinkled with in-jokes, such as references to some of Astaire and Leslie's costars in earlier films, or Benchley's series of celebrated two-reel shorts for MGM in the 30's (Joan tells of a wedding proposal from him that digressed to a lecture about "the sex life of a polyp"). Indeed, Benchley delivers one of his trademark disorganized addresses at a fete honoring an industrialist, and while it brings the story to a halt for a few minutes, you won't really mind if you're a fan.

The crown jewel of THE SKY'S THE LIMIT is one of Astaire's best vocalizations of one of the best songs ever written for him, "One For My Baby (and One More For the Road"), along with one of his most adventurous dance solos, in which a night of bar-hopping after a falling-out with Leslie culminates in an explosive choreographic release of frustration and fury, at the posh nightspot where they first met.

This may not become one of your favorite Astaire pictures, but there are rewards if you can overlook a few rough spots.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (29 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Sky's the Limit (1943)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
why does Fred A .... ksf-2
Is this on DVD yet? trina_crys
The snake dance on the table killerpuppet666
Fred's drunk dance joemama69-1
From the Faux News Network keywslt
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Band Wagon Christmas in Connecticut Cover Girl Funny Face The Gang's All Here
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Comedy section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.