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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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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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$2,062,256 (estimated)
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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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. See more »

Quotes

Madeline Bradville: We had something so wonderful, a totally reformed drunkard who was going to tell us his inspiring story.
Jackie Leighton: Yes, but he got drunk.
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Soundtracks

Stillman's Gym
(1955) (uncredited)
Music by André Previn
Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Performed by Lou Lubin, Harry Wilson and chorus
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A Unique Hybrid Of A Musical
14 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Keep in mind that the era of the movie musical was pretty much in the dust when IT'S ALWAYS FAIR WEATHER hit the screens in 1955. Yet the story is an odd hybrid for benign musicals, and a rather dark story of three GI's coming home from the war, vowing a loyal, buddy-buddy reunion, then, upon reuniting years later, realizing they have outgrown one another and have virtually nothing in common. There is a reunion dinner at a posh nightclub, and try as they might, hostility and acrimony flare up among the men as they gradually discern they have now little in common. The movie also teams Dan Daily and Michael Kyd with Kelly, a Grade A, winning combination for the few, but excellent numbers, they perform.

However, this movie should be seen for one and one reason only: Gene Kelly's dance on roller skates to one of the most beautiful tunes ever written by Comden and Green. As the story goes, Kelly had been searching for just the right opportunity to dance on skates in a film for years. Betty Comden has said she lived close to Kelly in Beverly Hills and that he had purchased skates years before at a hardware store near-by and that she'd watched Kelly take his daughter skating many times. It's not a stretch that Kelly spent a lot of hours imagining just where and when he'd do a roller skates number as he flew around Beverly Hills on wheels.

Another delight is the very robust and creative "trash can lids" number featuring Kelly, Dan Daily, and Michael Kyd. With a trash can lid stuck to one foot, the trio bounce up and down a street to a snappy melody while still in uniform. For those who thought lanky Dan Daily was "just another hoofer," this number proves he could hold his own with the best of them.

I have heard Comden and Green also relate the story that after the movie opened someone told them they had seen the film in a drive-in. "I knew that the end had come," (for the movie musical) commented Adolf Green.

IT'S ALWAYS FAIR WEATHER is very much worth seeing for being one of the last studio movie musicals of its kind. Moreover, the novelty of watching Kelly teamed with Dan Daily and Michael Kyd--the only time those three dancers appeared together--is supremely enoyable. IT'S ALWAYS FAIR WEATHER remains underrated to this day and serves as one of the final signposts for the demise of the great screen musical.

Dennis Caracciolo


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