Two Americans on a hunting trip in Scotland become lost. They encounter a small village, not on the map, called Brigadoon, in which people harbor a mysterious secret, and behave as if they were still living two hundred years in the past.
After writing a tell-all book about her days in the dance troupe "Barry Nichols and Les Girls", Sybil Wren (Kay Kendall) is sued for libeling her fellow dancer Angele (Taina Elg). A Rashomon... See full summary »
A musical remake of Ninotchka: After three bumbling Soviet agents fail in their mission to retrieve a straying Soviet composer from Paris, the beautiful, ultra-serious Ninotchka is sent to ... See full summary »
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
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers tapped on roller skates in "Shall We Dance?" from 1937, so there was precedent for Gene Kelley tapping on skates here as well. It may have been her portrayal of her character, but Ginger looks a little tentative/nervous in the earlier number; here Gene is, as always, supremely confident. See more »
Early in their reunion, where the guys are sitting together and awkwardly fumbling for something to talk about, one asks the others who they think will win the World Series. The 1955 Series actually ended on 4 October, a week before the events in this film. (The Brooklyn Dodgers beat the New York Yankees four games to three.) It should have been obvious to the filmmakers that the World Series of that era would have ended well before 11 October, no matter who was playing or how many games it went. See more »
How strong! - - A one-two-three-four-five-six-seven-eight-nine-ten. Bong! Come on! - - You got me hangin' on the ropes!
Baby, you knock me out. You're the broad I applaud in a Broadway show...
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Its Always Fair Weather will go down in history as the film musical which "could have been". If It's Always Fair Weather had been made a few years earlier it could have been in the same leagues as Singin' In the Rain and On the Town but some shortcomings prevent it from being so. The movie was originally conceived as a sequel to On the Town, reuniting Gene Kelly with co-stars Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin. However, by 1955, Munshin no longer had box office and credibility while Sinatra was too big a star that the studio was unwilling to work with him. In their place, we get Dan Dailey and Michael Kidd, both of whom get the job done but lack the chemistry Kelly's On the Town co-stars possessed. Frank Sinatra in particular I find is sorely missed as I loved his three-picture partnership with Kelly in which they made an excellent comedic duo. Although I find It's Always Fair Weather's biggest drawback are the sections of the film which are uneventful. The film could definitely benefit from the trimming or removal of whole scenes; there is a faster paced, snappier film in here.
Yet the film does showcase some of the best moments of any MGM musical. The musical numbers themselves are fantastic, all written for the film itself, while the majority of MGM musicals took their songs from back catalogs and stage musicals. The five-minute opening dance number showcases the then-new cinemascope format by having three dancers occupy their own third of the screen. I feel widescreen technology came too late the MGM musicals which could have used it to great advantage but by 1955 musicals had already lost most of their economic viability due to the rise of television. The soundtrack of the movie is great enough that I even bought the soundtrack. 'Once Upon a Time' is one of the most emotional numbers I've heard in any film but the centerpiece of the film is Gene Kelly's number 'I Like Myself', featuring him tap dancing on roller skates, no trickery! This is of my very favourite musical numbers of all time, his title number from 'Singin' In the Rain' may be more iconic but this is friggin' epic and an unbelievable display of talent if I ever saw it. The movie's only crime in the song and dance department is the lack of a dance number between Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse, despite one actually being filmed.
The movie's other notable aspect is being one of the earliest movies to satires television and its vacuousness. This may seem hypocritical of Hollywood but unlike other Hollywood musicals, Its Always Fair Weather actually has a dark and not very uplifting story of three war buddies who are reunited ten years later to find out they can't stand each other.
Despite its shortcomings, I do have a lot of love for' It's Always Fair Weather', largely due to its fantastic soundtrack and simply because of its gorgeous aesthetic as seen in MGM musicals, a world of beautiful, bright colours and welcome artificiality. As a musical enthusiast, I am forgiving of the movie's flaws but others may be less patient with its uneven pace.
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