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Blue Skies (1946)

Unrated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 16 October 1946 (USA)
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Jed Potter looks back on a love triangle conducted over the course of years and between musical numbers. Dancer Jed loves showgirl Mary, who loves compulsive nightclub-opener Johnny, who ... See full summary »

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Mary O'Hara
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Victoria Horne ...
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Jed Potter looks back on a love triangle conducted over the course of years and between musical numbers. Dancer Jed loves showgirl Mary, who loves compulsive nightclub-opener Johnny, who can't stay committed to anything in life for very long. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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Paramount's Melody Masterpiece Featuring All of Irving Berlin's Biggest Hits! See more »


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16 October 1946 (USA)  »

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Blau ist der Himmel  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Billy De Wolfe impersonates Frankenstein's monster as a take-off of Boris Karloff, yet this part of the movie takes place in the early 1920's, about a decade before _Frankenstein (1931)_ was actually filmed. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, which is just after World War I, the Crosby character tells the De Wolfe character to do his Frankenstein routine. The Frankenstein character he does is based on Boris Karloff's 1931 version which some ten years or so in the future. At that time in the movie Frankenstein was just a creature in Mary Shelly's book. See more »

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Referenced in Where There's Life (1947) See more »

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Any Bonds Today?
Words and Music by Irving Berlin (1941)
Sung by Bing Crosby
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Following the trend of Crosby leading ladies.
28 June 2004 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

For the second and last collaboration of Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and Irving Berlin, Bing and Fred needed all of their collective charm and talent to make this one work.

Bing and Fred play the same type roles in this as in Holiday Inn. Fred's the ambitious partner of an act who wants to get to the top of the show business ladder. Bing just wants to work at the trade and go through life with the least responsibility possible. Of course they fall for the same girl as in Holiday Inn and at Paramount in the 1940s who do you think winds up with the girl?

But the real star of this film is the music of Irving Berlin. This time Paramount gave Crosby and Astaire technicolor and it's put to good use with some great numbers. Astaire does two classic dance numbers with Putting on the Ritz and Heat Wave. Crosby gets two big budget numbers with Everybody Step and C-U-B-A, the latter nicely paired with Olga San Juan.

Previous reviewers found Joan Caulfield as the object of affections performance weak. Maybe so, but she's following a trend of Crosby leading ladies who are nice girls swept up by the Crosby song and charm. It wasn't until Jane Wyman did those two films with Bing that he got a leading lady with real spirit. Sometimes Bing didn't even get the girl.

The hit song here was You Keep Coming Back Like A Song which was a recurring theme. It got Oscar nominated, but lost to Judy Garland's train excursion On the Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe.

Billy DeWolfe also does a nice comic turn and we get his famous Mrs. Mergitroid act which he did in nightclubs.

Though the plot is thin who cares when you can see Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire at their very best.


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