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Blue Skies (1946)

Blue Skies




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Jed Potter (Fred Astaire) is a popular radio personality who was once a famous dancer. He also used to be friends with Johnny Adams (Bing Crosby) until they became rivals for the affections of Mary O'Hara (Joan Caulfield). Jed lost out when Johnny and Mary got married, but life hasn't been too rosy for the couple since; Johnny's career in business was a washout, and not long after the birth of their daughter, the couple decided to divorce. Mary gave Jed another chance with her, but in time she chose to patch things up with Johnny, leading Jed to a close partnership with alcohol that ended with an accident, preventing him from ever dancing again. However, the aftermath of this tragedy helps bring the three former friends back together. Blue Skies was not much more than a framework for a bunch of musical numbers featuring great tunes from the Irving Berlin catalog, but when you've got Bing singing and Fred dancing to songs like "Puttin' on the Ritz," "You Keep Coming Back Like a Song," "A Couple of Song and Dance Men," and "White Christmas," why carp? Noted stage actor and tap dancer Paul Draper was originally cast as Jed, but he was fired after several days of filming and replaced by Astaire; Draper would make only one more movie before his film career came to an end after he was branded a Communist sympathizer.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Arthur Sheekman, Irving Berlin, Allan Scott, Allan G. Scott
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 13, 1994
Paramount Pictures


Bing Crosby
as Johnny Adams
Fred Astaire
as Jed Potter
Joan Caulfield
as Mary O'Hara
Olga San Juan
as Nita Nova
Victoria Horne
as Martha Nurse
Karolyn Grimes
as Mary Elizabeth
Robert Benchley
as Businessman
Jimmy Conlin
as Jeffrey
Joel Friend
as Specialty dancer
John Gallaudet
as Stage manager
Roy Gordon
as Charles Dillingham
Len Hendry
as Electrician
Roberta Jonay
as Hat check girl
Charles La Torre
as Mr. Rakopolis
Peggy McIntyre
as Mary Elizabeth
Paula Ray
as Guest
Albert Ruiz
as Specialty dancer
John Kelly
as Tough Guy
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Critic Reviews for Blue Skies

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 28, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

This Fred Astaire-Bing Crosby musical is plotless, but the performers are charming and the movie includes some of Irving Berling's best songs.

Full Review… | January 9, 2011

Astaire's dancing is just the best.

Full Review… | February 18, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Gorgeous color, gorgeous talents. And Berlin classics.

October 16, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Audience Reviews for Blue Skies


Bing and Fred are well matched in this ultra colorful musical that for something so bright and supposedly cheery touches on some very dark themes, divorce, alcoholism etc., although rather glancingly. Still Fred has some great dancing performances, the one where he is performing with a chorus line make up completely of mirror images of himself is particularly impressive. His voice and Bing's meld together very well and since the music is by Irving Berlin it makes for a very enjoyable experience indeed.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Crosby plays against his typical roles, and shows he can play more serious roles as well as the silly romantic types he's done previously. The movie also has Astaire who may or may not be the better choice for the woman in the movie. A very interesting story.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Bing Crosby has to be the safest, most boring and charisma-less major actor of his time. He just has no screen presence, especially next to Astaire. Such a "square," man. Pair him with Doris Day and you'd have the most boring, sexless, and least interesting screen couple in history.

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