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It's Always Fair Weather (1955)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 2 September 1955 (USA)
Three soldiers meet ten years after their last meeting in New York, and find out that they have little in common now.


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M-G-M's Gigantic and Joyous Musical


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Release Date:

2 September 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fair Weather  »


Box Office


$2,062,256 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System) (35 mm optical prints)| (Western Electric Sound System) (35 mm magnetic prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?


The failure at the box office of this film was not surprising in hindsight as MGM did not release it with its usual publicity blitz. It was also inexplicably released as a drive-in double feature with Bad Day at Black Rock (1955). Finally, audiences were not expecting a MGM musical with such a downbeat theme. See more »


When Ted runs out of Tim's Bar after reading the "Dear John" letter from his girlfriend, at least one of the cars on the street (a taxi) is an early 1950s model, although the scene is set in 1945. The taxis most prominently featured are 1946 DeSoto models, a popular post-war style, but which were not yet in use on the streets as early as October 1945. See more »


Jackie Leighton: But, Ted, aren't you in terrible danger?
Ted Riley: Yeah. Yeah, I'm in terrible danger. I'm in danger of believing that look on your face.
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William Tell Overture
(1829) (uncredited)
Written by Gioachino Rossini
Played a bit in the "Saturation-Wise" number
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Splendid 'dark' musical, clearly ahead of its time.
18 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

I just saw this again on TCM, in the only format it deserves to be viewed in: letterbox. While it is a Gene Kelly vehicle and the leads are three buddies from wartime, that's pretty much where the "On The Town" similarities end. It is a surprisingly sharp, cynical story in which the heroes' dreams are voiced, but not realized (at least not at first), due to life circumstances. The daring plot of three soldier buddies who part company at the end of the war, reunite 10 years later to settle a bet they've made with a barkeep, and then realize that they really don't have anything in common except a dislike for each other, probably broke amazing ground back in the 1950's when it dared to show what happens to friends who 'don't' live happily ever after. (After all, musicals are usually free of such cynicism and vulgarity.) Betty Comden and the late Adolph Green- responsible for so many great film scores as well as the scripts of "Auntie Mame," "Bells Are Ringing," and "What A Way To Go-" contribute very witty songs here, including the three-way, split-screen dance "Once Upon A Time-" which shows the three buddies reflecting on their wartime friendship and whether or not they'll ever get it back; Dolores Gray's wicked "Thanks A Lot, But No Thanks;" and the requisite Gene Kelly solo (on roller skates), "I Like Myself." The big revelation, however, is Cyd Charisse- fine as ever, but in a rare, 'real' acting role which calls upon a bit of cynicism and smug defensiveness. Her cool demeanor is wonderfully thawed by the wise-guy boxers who worship her in the the gymnasium ditty, "Baby, You Knock Me Out." She goes from a diva to a siren in a tight green sweater and skirt in just 2 minutes. Have mercy!!

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