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Blue Skies (1946)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 16 October 1946 (USA)
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Jed Potter looks back on a love triangle conducted over the course of years and between musical numbers. Dancer Jed loves showgirl Mary, who loves compulsive nightclub-opener Johnny, who ... See full summary »

Directors:

Stuart Heisler, Mark Sandrich (uncredited)

Writers:

Arthur Sheekman (screenplay), Allan Scott (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bing Crosby ... Johnny Adams
Fred Astaire ... Jed Potter
Joan Caulfield ... Mary O'Hara
Billy De Wolfe ... Tony
Olga San Juan ... Nita Nova
Mikhail Rasumny ... François
Frank Faylen ... Mack
Victoria Horne ... Martha - Mary Elizabeth's Nanny
Karolyn Grimes ... Mary Elizabeth Adams
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Storyline

Jed Potter looks back on a love triangle conducted over the course of years and between musical numbers. Dancer Jed loves showgirl Mary, who loves compulsive nightclub-opener Johnny, who can't stay committed to anything in life for very long. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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Paramount's biggest musical...filmed in Blue Skies TECHNICOLOR! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

16 October 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Del cielo bajó una estrella See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Gary Cooper's name was not in the original lyrics for the song "Puttin' on the Ritz." Irving Berlin rewrote the lyrics for 'Puttin' on the Ritz' for this film in 1946, to be about watching rich people on Park Avenue. But when he originally wrote it in 1929, it was about going up to Lennox Avenue in Harlem to watch black people dressed in ill-fitting, gaudy clothes, having a "jubilee." The 1946 lines "Dressed up like a million-dollar trouper, trying hard to look like Gary Cooper, Super dooper," were originally, in 1929, "That's where each and every Lulu Belle goes, every Thursday evening in her swell clothes, rubbin' elbows." Other original lyrics include the reference to Lennox Avenue (a famous main street in Harlem) and such racist lines as, "Spangled gowns upon a bevy of high browns from down the levy, all misfits, puttin' on the Ritz." Recordings exist, on You Tube for instance, of Astaire performing the original lyrics in 1930, and of Harry Richman's performance of the original song in a production number from the 1930 film, Puttin' on the Ritz (1930) . See more »

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Bing and Fred's Song and Dance Man number was supposed to be one of those "you remember when" moments, however, Bing just happened to have snowflakes in his pocket. See more »


Soundtracks

Heat Wave
Words and Music by Irving Berlin
Additional music by Fred Astaire
Sung by Fred Astaire, Olga San Juan
Danced by Fred Astaire, Olga San Juan, chorus
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A Major Disappointment
8 April 2003 | by ottoflopSee all my reviews

I had wanted to see this film for years. Despite the talent involved: Astaire; Crosby; Berlin and the best production values that money could buy, I found it to be very disappointing. Part of the problem is, I believe, the lackluster performance of Joan Caulfield who becomes annoying with her vacillating romance between Astaire and Crosby. One wonders why one, much less two, guys would fall for her. Billy DeWolfe and Olga San Juan are very good in supporting roles and,of course, the Irving Berlin score is great, but somehow it all fails to jell.

I believe that this film shows the different "style" of the studios. Had this been made at M-G-M, if probably would have been great, at Paramount it falls flat. "Lady in the Dark" was another Paramount opus which had a similar fault.


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