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It's Always Fair Weather (1955)

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


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Complete credited cast:
Ted Riley
Doug Hallerton
Madeline Bradville
Michael Kidd ...
David Burns ...
Charles Z. Culloran


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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Release Date:

2 September 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fair Weather  »

Box Office


$2,062,256 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


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?


Betty Comden and Adolph Green originally conceived this musical as a sequel to their smash, On the Town (1949), having the new film reunite Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin. It was originally intended as a stage musical but that changed when Kelly insisted on filming it. Studio boss Dory Schary did not want to hire Sinatra because the singer had acquired a reputation for being difficult and nixed Munshin because he was no longer popular with audiences. See more »


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 »


Kid Mariacchi: Where do you have to go?
Ted Riley: Tim's Bar on Third Avenue. It's a long way from here.
Kid Mariacchi: You're nuts. It's ten minutes.
Ted Riley: No, it's ten years.
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Referenced in American Masters: Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer (2002) See more »


(1955) (uncredited)
Music by André Previn
Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Performed briefly by Paul Maxey and guests
Reprised by Dan Dailey
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Wonderful MGM Technicolor musical, with a slightly sad tinge
29 May 2006 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Three Army buddies go their separate ways after they return home, but vow to meet at their local hangout in ten years to prove that they're still the best of buds. Doesn't turn out that way. They aren't the same people, they don't like each other much anymore, and they don't even really like themselves much. But the skeleton of the story sounds charming, and a TV exec (Cyd Charisse) plans to get them all on television in a surprise ambush. Gene Kelly steals the movie, mostly because he pretty much literally did so. Apparently he was a total diva during the production and post-production, cutting numbers and making sure he got all the best moments. His two Army buddies are far less interesting. But the film still works pretty damn well. All the musical numbers are fantastic, especially Kelly's roller skate number and Charisse's dance with the boxers (love the blue duds). Dolores Gray has a juicy supporting role as an arrogant TV hostess. Her musical number may be the best part of the film. All in all, a gem.

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