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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:
The Memory of All That 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)

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)

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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 Paramount Presents (1974) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
A Couple of Song and Dance MenSee more »

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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
The Memory of All That, 23 November 2007
Author: lugonian from Kissimmee, Florida

BLUE SKIES (Paramount, 1946), directed by Stuart Heisler, reunites a couple of song and dance men Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire from the ever popular HOLIDAY INN (1942) in a lavish scale musical with songs by the Irving Berlin. While the title BLUE SKIES tends to sound like an aviation movie, it's actually a love triangle story set to music. This could have been an interesting sequel to HOLIDAY INN, where Crosby and Astaire both continue to compete for the same blonde, this time Joan Caulfield instead of Marjorie Reynolds. Overall, it's an original idea credited by Irving Berlin himself with an added touch of Technicolor and larger scale dance routines.

In common tradition to many 1940s movies, most commonly found in the "film noir" genre, BLUE SKIES is told in flashback, starting in modern day setting at a radio station, Broadcast Network of America in New York City's Rockefeller Center, where Jed Potter (Fred Astaire), a former dancer now a radio personality, relates his life story and career to his listeners, a story with a beginning but without a finish. Dating back circa 1919 following World War I finds Jed attracted to Mary O'Hara (Joan Caulfield), a girl, a "very pretty girl," working in the chorus. He invites her to accompany him for dinner at a night club owned by Johnny Aams (Bing Crosby), his Army buddy. Almost immediately, Mary is attracted to Johnny, but in spite of Jed's warning that Johnny is not the marrying kind, she cannot resist him. Johnny and Mary marry, and during their union have a daughter, Mary Elizabeth (Karolyn Grimes). All goes well until Mary finds that Jed is right in his assumption of Johnny being selfish and unstable, buying and selling nightclubs (oneof them called "Top Hat") at a moment's notice, and unable to settle down at in one place they could call home. After their divorce, Mary becomes engaged to Jed. Finding she's unable to marry Jed, Mary disappears, leaving Johnny as well as Jed, through his narration, to wonder whatever became of her.

As Jed Potter relates his "album of Irving Berlin songs" to his radio listeners, movie viewers get to to be treated to see and hear such classic tunes including: "A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody" (sung by chorus, danced by Fred Astaire); "I've Got My Captain Watching for Me Now" (Sung by Bing Crosby); "You'd Be Surprised" (sung by Olga San Juan); "All By Myself" (Crosby); "Serenade to an Old-Fashioned Girl" (sung by Joan Caulfield); "Puttin' on the Ritz" (Astaire);  "I'll See You in C.U.B.A." (Crosby); "A Couple of Song and Dance Men" (Astaire and Crosby); "You Keep Coming Back Like a Song" (Crosby); "Always" (chorus); "Blue Skies," "The Little Things in Life," "Not for All the Rice in China" (all sung by Crosby); "Russian Lullaby" (Chorus); "Everybody Step" (Crosby); "How Deep is the Ocean" (chorus); "Running Around in Circles" (Crosby); "Heat Wave" (sung by Olga San Juan/danced by Astaire); "Buy Bonds Today" "This is the Army" "White Christmas" and "You Keep Coming Back Like a Song" (all sung by Crosby). "Mandy" and "Some Sunny Day" are those other songs heard as background music.

Astaire's "Puttin' on the Ritz" number, where he dances to eight images of himself, is one of the great highlights. First introduced by Harry Richman for the 1930 musical, PUTTIN' ON THE RITZ, the original lyrics have been changed to fit the Astaire style as well as the changing of times. Crosby and Astaire also provide fine moments with their joint collaboration as "A Couple of Song and Dance Men." Billy De Wolfe supplies much of the comedy relief as Johnny's partner and assistant. Aside from being the love interest to Olga San Juan, he does a five minute one man comedy routine as Mrs. Murgatroyd.

While the story tends to get corny at times, it does get better with its passage of time and its assortment of fine songs. Aside from Crosby's singing, his sentimental moment where he meets with his little girl (Grimes) again is well done, along with Astaire's dancing, which is always first rate. He briefly breaks away from his traditional character where he becomes a troubled dancer who turns to liquor after being jilted. Legend has it that BLUE SKIES was originally intended to become Astaire's farewell movie. Fortunately, after his two year retirement, he was lured back to the screen for more musicals, dramas and everything else through 1981. Joan Caulfield, then new to the movies, would work again with Crosby in WELCOME STRANGER (1947), an underrated drama with songs. Crosby and Astaire wouldn't work together again until being reunited again for their TV special, "A Couple of Song and Dance Men" (CBS, 1974)

Formerly presented on American Movie Classics (1994-1999) and later Turner Classic Movies (where it premiered February 18, 2007), BLUE SKIES, distributed on video cassette in 1997, is also available on a DVD package double featured with Crosby's other musical, BIRTH OF THE BLUES (1941). Although BLUE SKIES is not as memorable as HOLIDAY INN, they can be summed up as being two different movies with similar storyline as well as the memory of all that. (***1/2)

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