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The Sky's the Limit (1943)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 13 July 1943 (USA)
Flying Tiger Fred Atwell sneaks away from his famous squadron's personal appearance tour and goes incognito for several days of leave. He quickly falls for photographer Joan Manion, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Fred Atwell aka Fred Burton
... Joan Manion
... Phil Harriman
... Reginald Fenton
... Mrs. Fisher
... Canteen Hostess
Freddie Slack ... Freddie Slack - Leader of His Orchestra
Freddie Slack and His Orchestra ... Freddie Slack's Orchestra
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Flying Tiger Fred Atwell sneaks away from his famous squadron's personal appearance tour and goes incognito for several days of leave. He quickly falls for photographer Joan Manion, pursuing her in the guise of a carefree drifter. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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Here's a thrill, new and gay! It's a dance filled holiday!


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13 July 1943 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Cut from the film was a home-front-flavored swing number, "Harvey, the Victory Garden Man" (music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by Johnny Mercer), sung by Ella Mae Morse to the backing of Freddie Slack and His Orchestra. See more »

Goofs

When Fred's escort in the parade shows him to the door at the hotel, she turns as the hotel room doors open. The next frame, they are back together in their original positions before the door opened. This is supported by the later photo of them that Robert Benchley shows Fred at the bar after creating the Flying Tiger drink. See more »

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Joan Manion: You know, purely in a sociological way, you interest me. A little.
Fred Atwell: Well, it's a beginning, isn't it?
Joan Manion: Don't get me wrong! What interests me is this passion you seem to have for having your picture taken.
Fred Atwell: Let's talk it over.
[to bartender]
Fred Atwell: I'll have the same, please.
Joan Manion: You know, I'm supposed to be taking pictures of celebrities.
Fred Atwell: Couldn't I be the fellow who never gets his name mentioned? The one they call 'a friend'? You know: 'Ginger Rogers - and friend.'
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Referenced in White Collar: Countermeasures (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)
(uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung and Danced by Fred Astaire
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patchy
23 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

Fred Astaire goes on leave from his day job as a WWII bomber, and finds a girl to woo in the would-be journalist Joan Leslie (who can also sing and dance, naturally). She thinks he is a layabout who needs a job, and he has just a few days to win her round. Amongst the songs is 'One for my baby', perhaps more often associated with Sinatra than Astaire. Joan Leslie looks good and works well alongside Fred; also in the supporting cast is the superb Robert Benchley, who does wonders with a routine presenting various graphs and charts on aircraft production!


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