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It's Always Fair Weather (1955)

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

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Betty Comden (story), Adolph Green (story) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gene Kelly ... Ted Riley
Dan Dailey ... Doug Hallerton
Cyd Charisse ... Jackie Leighton
Dolores Gray ... Madeline Bradville
Michael Kidd ... Angie Valentine
David Burns ... Tim
Jay C. Flippen ... Charles Z. Culloran
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

2 September 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fair Weather See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,062,256 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (35 mm optical prints)| 4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Sound System) (35 mm magnetic prints)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

The last major MGM dance-oriented musical. See more »

Goofs

During the "March of Times" type sequence, it has Eisenhower being inaugurated in 1952. Inaugurals are in January the year following election. See more »

Quotes

Jackie Leighton: See, you didn't bother me in the least on the rest of the trip. My own invention.
Ted Riley: That invention's gonna explode in your face someday, Einstein.
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Featured in That's Dancing! (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

I Shouldn't Have Come
(1955) (uncredited)
from "The Blue Danube Waltz, Opus 314" (1867)
Music by Johann Strauss
Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Performed by Gene Kelly, Dan Dailey and Michael Kidd (dubbed by Jud Conlon)
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Splendid 'dark' musical, clearly ahead of its time.
18 August 2003 | by movibuf1962See all my reviews

I just saw this again on TCM, in the only format it deserves to be viewed in: letterbox. While it is a Gene Kelly vehicle and the leads are three buddies from wartime, that's pretty much where the "On The Town" similarities end. It is a surprisingly sharp, cynical story in which the heroes' dreams are voiced, but not realized (at least not at first), due to life circumstances. The daring plot of three soldier buddies who part company at the end of the war, reunite 10 years later to settle a bet they've made with a barkeep, and then realize that they really don't have anything in common except a dislike for each other, probably broke amazing ground back in the 1950's when it dared to show what happens to friends who 'don't' live happily ever after. (After all, musicals are usually free of such cynicism and vulgarity.) Betty Comden and the late Adolph Green- responsible for so many great film scores as well as the scripts of "Auntie Mame," "Bells Are Ringing," and "What A Way To Go-" contribute very witty songs here, including the three-way, split-screen dance "Once Upon A Time-" which shows the three buddies reflecting on their wartime friendship and whether or not they'll ever get it back; Dolores Gray's wicked "Thanks A Lot, But No Thanks;" and the requisite Gene Kelly solo (on roller skates), "I Like Myself." The big revelation, however, is Cyd Charisse- fine as ever, but in a rare, 'real' acting role which calls upon a bit of cynicism and smug defensiveness. Her cool demeanor is wonderfully thawed by the wise-guy boxers who worship her in the the gymnasium ditty, "Baby, You Knock Me Out." She goes from a diva to a siren in a tight green sweater and skirt in just 2 minutes. Have mercy!!


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