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Writers:
Irving Berlin (story)
Allan Scott (adaptation)
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Release Date:
16 October 1946 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Paramount's Melody Masterpiece Featuring All of Irving Berlin's Biggest Hits! See more »
Plot:
Jed Potter looks back on a love triangle conducted over the course of years and between musical numbers... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
User Reviews:
Not great, but Astaire is wonderful See more (21 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bing Crosby ... Johnny Adams

Fred Astaire ... Jed Potter
Joan Caulfield ... Mary O'Hara

Billy De Wolfe ... Tony

Olga San Juan ... Nita Nova
Mikhail Rasumny ... François

Frank Faylen ... Mack
Victoria Horne ... Martha (nurse)
Karolyn Grimes ... Mary Elizabeth Adams
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean Aloise ... Dancer (uncredited)
Carol Andrews ... Dolly (uncredited)
Maxine Ardell ... Dancer (uncredited)
Charlene Arnold ... Flapper (uncredited)
Gene Ashley ... Dancer (uncredited)
Valmere Barman ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jackie Barnett ... Dancer (uncredited)
Dorothy Barrett ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Herman Belmonte ... Dancer (uncredited)
William H. Benter ... Dancer (uncredited)
Herman Boden ... Dancer (uncredited)
Clarence Brooks ... Valet (uncredited)
Bill Burt ... Dancer (uncredited)
Janice Cameron ... Dancer (uncredited)
Josef Carmassi ... Dancer (uncredited)
Eddie Carnegie ... Dancer (uncredited)
William Carvel ... Dancer (uncredited)
Dolores Cole ... Dancer (uncredited)
Gene Cole ... Dancer (uncredited)
Roxanne Collins ... Guest at Top Hat Nightclub (uncredited)
Jimmy Conlin ... Jeffrey - Valet (uncredited)
Calvin Coolidge ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Laura Corbay ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Norma Creiger ... Singer in Quartette (uncredited)
Roy Damron ... Dancer (uncredited)
Grace Davies ... Dancer (uncredited)
Dorothy Dayton ... Dancer (uncredited)

John Deauville ... Dancer (uncredited)
Harry Depp ... Would-Be Engagement Ring Buyer (uncredited)
Eileen Dixon ... Dancer (uncredited)
Virginia Duffy ... Dancer (uncredited)
Wallace Earl ... Dancer (uncredited)
Dick Earle ... (uncredited)
Clark Eggleston ... Dancer (uncredited)
Wanda Faye ... Dancer (uncredited)
Margaret Field ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Jac Fisher ... Dancer (uncredited)
Joel Friend ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
John Gallaudet ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Howard Gardiner ... (uncredited)
Art Gilmore ... Radio Broadcaster (voice) (uncredited)
Roy Gordon ... Charles Dillingham (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Guest at Top Hat Nightclub (uncredited)
Len Hendry ... Electrician (uncredited)
Mary Jane Hodge ... Cigarette Girl (uncredited)
Nan Holliday ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Frances Hughes ... Flapper (uncredited)
Jerry James ... Dancer (uncredited)
Vicki Jasmund ... Singer in Quartette (uncredited)
Beverly Johnson ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Shirley Johnson ... Flapper (uncredited)
Roberta Jonay ... Hatcheck Girl (uncredited)
John Kelly ... Tough Guy in Nightclub (uncredited)
Lucy Knoch ... Showgirl (uncredited)

Audrey Korn ... Dancer (uncredited)
Charles La Torre ... Mr. Rakopolis (uncredited)
Elaine Langan ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Lillian Lindsco ... Dancer (uncredited)
Joanne Lybrook ... Singer in Quartette (uncredited)
Mary Manners ... Dancer (uncredited)
Cissy Marr ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Jean Marshall ... Dancer (uncredited)
Bob Mascagno ... Dancer (uncredited)
Lee Mayer ... Dancer (uncredited)
Charles Mayon ... Dancer (uncredited)
Peggy McIntyre ... Mary Elizabeth as Newborn (uncredited)
William Meader ... Dancer (uncredited)
Peggy Meech ... Dancer (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Margot Morgan ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Frances Morris ... Nurse (uncredited)
Virginia Morris ... Dancer (uncredited)
Mavis Murray ... Dancer (uncredited)
Frederic Nay ... Dancer (uncredited)
Cliff Nazarro ... Cliff - Piano Player (uncredited)
Jack Norton ... Drunk (uncredited)
Aileen O'Donnell ... Dancer (uncredited)
Eleanor Peterson ... Dancer (uncredited)
Byron Poindexter ... Dancer (uncredited)
Ted Priour ... Dancer (uncredited)
Frank Radcliffe ... Dancer (uncredited)
Renee Randall ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Paula Ray ... Guest at Top Hat Nightclub (uncredited)
Marjorie Raymond ... Dancer (uncredited)
Ruthe Reid ... Dancer (uncredited)
Ricky Ricardi ... Dancer (uncredited)
Albert Ruiz ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Betty Russell ... Mary O'Hara (uncredited) (singing voice)
Louise Saraydar ... Singer in Quartette (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Guest at Hole in the Wall (uncredited)
Mary Jane Shores ... Dancer (uncredited)
Barbara Slater ... Myrtle (uncredited)
Jane Starr ... Dancer (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Guest at Top Hat Nightclub (uncredited)
Mary Stewart ... Dancer / Singer (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Stagehand with Flowers (uncredited)
John M. Sullivan ... Junior the Sugar Daddy (uncredited)
Beverly Thompson ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Valerie Traxler ... Dancer (uncredited)

Rudolph Valentino ... Valentino (archive footage) (uncredited)
Vanita Wade ... Dancer (uncredited)
Wally Walker ... Dancer (uncredited)
Walton Walker ... Dancer (uncredited)
Lillian West ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Audrey Westphal ... Dancer (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... The Doctor (uncredited)
Gordon C. Wood ... Dancer (uncredited)

Joan Woodbury ... Flo (uncredited)

Will Wright ... Dan - Stage Manager (uncredited)
Audrey Young ... Chorine (uncredited)
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Directed by
Stuart Heisler 
Mark Sandrich (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Irving Berlin  story
Allan Scott  adaptation
Arthur Sheekman 

Produced by
Sol C. Siegel .... producer
 
Original Music by
Robert Emmett Dolan (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Charles Lang 
William E. Snyder 
 
Film Editing by
LeRoy Stone 
 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
Hal Pereira 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Maurice Goodman 
 
Costume Design by
Waldo Angelo 
Edith Head 
Barbara Karinska  (as Karinsky)
 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles C. Coleman .... assistant director (as C.C. Coleman Jr.)
 
Art Department
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator
 
Sound Department
John Cope .... sound recordist
Hugo Grenzbach .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Gordon Jennings .... special photographic effects
Paul K. Lerpae .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Loyal Griggs .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Robert Emmett Dolan .... musical director
Joseph J. Lilley .... vocal arranger
Troy Sanders .... music associate
Fred Astaire .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Charles Bradshaw .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Sidney Fine .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Ralph Hallenbeck .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Matty Matlock .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Van Cleave .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Robert Brower .... associate technicolor color director
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Hermes Pan .... dance director
Dave Robel .... assistant dance director
 

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Runtime:
104 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Ever the perfectionist that he was, Fred Astaire spent a grueling 5 weeks rehearsing his dance routines for the "Puttin' On the Ritz" number's challenging and most irregular rhythmic tempo.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the opening tilt pan shot of Rockefeller Center, the waterfalls are clearly in reverse.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Emile Norman: By His Own Design (2007) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
How Deep Is the Ocean?See more »

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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Not great, but Astaire is wonderful, 21 February 2007
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, and Joan Caulfield star in "Blue Skies," a 1946 musical film also starring Billy de Wolfe and Olga San Juan. The film starts with Jed (Astaire) on the radio telling the story of his buddy Johnny's (Crosby) relationship with Mary (Caulfield), and saying that he hoped Mary, wherever she was, would hear him. Both Jed and Johnny had been in love with her, but she had chosen Johnny.

The story of this love triangle is backed up by one Irving Berlin song after another - there is a lot of music, some fine singing by Crosby and tremendous dancing by Astaire. This was to be his last film but his retirement only lasted a couple of years. He worked in film until 1977 and continued working in television and doing voiceovers until 1981; he died in 1987. In the late '50s, he did two dance specials on television, and he did one in 1968. Was he dancing at the age of 69? Probably.

The movie doesn't really hang together. The production values are great, but the story is trite, and there aren't enough fabulous numbers. Astaire does "Puttin' on the Ritz," which is the height of the film, also "Heat Wave," and with Crosby, "A Couple of Song and Dance Men." There is a section during World War II where Crosby sings some of his Berlin standards, "This is the Army, Mr. Jones," "White Christmas," and "Any Bonds Today?" The beautiful "Always" is done as a chorus number, as is "How Deep is the Ocean," with Crosby sometimes singing along.

Having heard Crosby when he had something to prove back in the early '30s, I can never be content with his crooning, except perhaps in some parts of "Holiday Inn." Astaire is the one who makes this film worthwhile at all. See it for him and for some of the music and musical numbers. Ignore the story.

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