Blue Skies Reviews
November 25, 2011
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.
September 5, 2010
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.
April 22, 2014
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.
August 30, 2009
This is a film which takes you back in the late 40's when musicals where starting to fade from Hollywood Pictures. This film has many great film actors like Bing Crosby, Fred Astair, Joan Caulfield and Billy DeWolfe. Bing Crosby plays the role as( Johnny Adams) who is a night club owner and sings and dances on the side. Johnny is good friends with Fred Astair,(Jed Potter) who visits Johnny at his club and brings along his girlfriend Joan Caulfield,(Mary O'Hara) who seems to fall immediately in love with Johnny. There is plenty of great old time musical tunes by Irving Berlin and if you like to see Fred Astair dance all over he place, this is the picture for you. Gene Kelly was originally scheduled to perform in this film but was taken ill and Fred Astiar was called to take his place.
May 17, 2009
an interesting enough concept, it's just poorly executed. I really didn't understand the flashback element--everything happened there, and everything in the "present" is totally unexplained and superfluous. the musical numbers also seemed more like filler and less like integral film elements. the plot was decent enough--part golden age musical, part romantic drama--but it just didn't really go anywhere. the characters are also pretty unlikable. highlights are definitely Fred's Puttin' on the Ritz and Billy De Wolfe's old lady monologue.
March 5, 2007
I just might love Astaire/Crosby as much as Astaire/Rogers. Why didn't they make more movies together?!
December 13, 2009
Forgettable and boring
March 8, 2005
Enjoyable, "Puttin on the Ritz" is fantastic, Fred Astaire is perfect, but the story struggles to be interesting. A weaker role for Crosby as well.