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It's Always Fair Weather (1955)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Musical  |  2 September 1955 (USA)
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Three soldiers meet 10 years after their last meeting in New York again, and find out, that they have litte in common now.

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Ted, Doug, and Angie are three ex-G.I.s who vow to meet again at a New York bar on October 11, 1955. They all show up on the appointed day, but quickly find that their friendship isn't what it used to be. However, a program coordinator wants to bring the three men together again on a live TV show. Circumstances are further complicated by a group of gangsters who are after Ted. Written by Azure_Girl

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M-G-M's Gigantic and Joyous Musical


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2 September 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fair Weather  »

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$2,062,256 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System) (35 mm optical prints)| (Western Electric Sound System) (35 mm magnetic prints)

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.55 : 1
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From the André Previn, Betty Comden and Adolph Green score, three numbers have been restored on the DVD from Warner Home Video: footage of a Gene Kelly-Cyd Charisse comic-hoofing duet, "Love Is Nothing but a Racket;" film of Michael Kidd entertaining his three movie kids with "Jack and the Space Giants;" and audio of Dolores Gray's "I Thought They Would Never Leave." Also included as a DVD extra is some previously unseen material from the famed garbage-pail dance, "The Binge," teaming Kelly, Kidd and Dan Dailey. See more »

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In the opening montage of the three soldiers returning home in 1945 after the war, there is a shot of an ocean liner in New York harbor. The ship is the Italian liner Andrea Doria, which did not make its maiden voyage until 1953 (and which sank after a collision in 1956). Also, if the Doria is meant to be the ship the men are returning home on, it is facing the wrong way, headed out of the harbor instead of into it. See more »

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Ted Riley: Look lady, if you'll excuse, you don't have to hang around with me all evening. I wish I didn't have to hang around with myself.
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Soundtracks

The Time for Parting
(1955) (uncredited)
Music by André Previn
Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Performed by Gene Kelly, Dan Dailey and Michael Kidd (dubbed by Jud Conlon)
Reprised by them near the end
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The good easily outweighs the bad--and a highly underrated film.
5 February 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The film begins with three very obnoxious soldiers in a bar. They are celebrating because the war is over and they are all about to go home. However, before they go, these lifelong friends vow to reunite in 10 years.

Ten years pass. Doug (Dan Dailey) has NOT become a great bohemian painter but a very stodgy business with a busted marriage. Ted (Gene Kelly) did NOT marry the girl of his dreams but is a gambler and boxing promoter who has contempt for women. And, the most innocent of the three, Angie (Michael Kidd), is pretty happy--owning a burger joint and having a wife and kids. But, what they really discover about each other is that they have nothing in common and don't even like each other any more. And, in some cases, they also see that they don't even like themselves. Fortunately, through the course of the film this meeting ends up changing Ted and Doug for the better. And, it also provides a very strange opportunity to redo this reunion.

Considering this film stars Dan Dailey and Gene Kelly, it's not surprising that it's a musical. As for Michael Kidd, most folks won't even recognize him but he was also an exceptional dancer. I honestly think the reason the studio picked this unknown guy was entirely because Frank Sinatra couldn't be in the film, so the producer found the actor who looked the most like Sinatra as possible. To heighten it, they also dressed Kidd like Sinatra and had him imitate his style. Kidd was fine in the film, but they really did NOT need to do this.

So is it any good? Well, yes and no. As for the songs, some were absolutely hilarious--which is a shame, as apparently no one went to see the film when it came out in 1955. I loved the song where the three guys sang inside their heads about how much they hated their 'friends' when they reunited! It was hilarious. I also loved the surreal song and dance number in the gym. The song's lyrics were great but it was also great how cute these palookas were! You just have to laugh when they sing and behave so gentlemanly. But, on the other hand, a lot of the other songs fell a bit flat. The story itself was original but it also suffered, a bit, because at first it was very tough to like two of the three leading men--they WERE jerks. But, at least they changed! Plus, it also had a nice sense of humor that picked it up a bit--such as the ultra-horrible TV host! She was a hoot. I also was amazed seeing Kelly dancing on roller skates!! Wow...and a far cry from his embarrassing roller skating in "Xanadu". So overall, is it worth seeing? Well, if you like musicals, of course. If not, you might want to try another one first. Of course, even if you don't like musicals, you might want to see it so you can get a glimpse of Cyd Charisse in a sweater!


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