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Blue Skies Reviews

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January 31, 2016
Bing & Fred at their best as usual. Always love Bing's singing and Fred's dancing.
½ January 23, 2016
A film that takes on complex issues, but then breaks them off by singing a song or dancing. The latter two were enjoyable though! Some great classics were performed by two of the greats.
½ January 15, 2016
OK musical not really my thing
½ November 6, 2015
Stunning Technicolor, sappy plot, Irving Berlin tunes including the Oscar-nominated "You Keep Coming Back Like a Song" and Fred Astaire's dance to "Puttin' on the Ritz."
September 5, 2014
Forgettable and boring
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.
½ September 15, 2012
Song and dance numbers are impeccable--the story not so much.
April 1, 2012
Charming old-fashioned musical with Astaire's 'Puttin' On the Ritz' dance routine the highlight.
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½ February 12, 2012
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.
November 30, 2010
Interesting drama/musical.
Super Reviewer
October 23, 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.
October 6, 2010
Owned. Cute classic.
½ May 15, 2010
This movie has many problems: lame plot; some lame Berlin songs (some are good) and it is apparently set in some alternate world where Bing > Fred. I, for one, am very grateful not to live in that world because it seems awful.
January 17, 2010
I would recommend this only for avid fans of the two male leads, especially those of Astaire who should definitely not miss his Puttin' on the Ritz number at about the 25-minute mark. Then again, that sequence - along with the only other highlight of the film, A Couple of Song and Dance Men, where Astaire and Crosby thrown in everything and the kitchen sink for a good ole vaudeville romp - is on YouTube, so there's really no point in putting anyone ever again through this tissue-thin story and even thinner plot device of a story-within-a-story (in this case, flashback-within-radio-show, which I could only imagine as one of those inane, talk show ones that I would only consider listening to if I was on the road at 2 in the morning a la Sleepless in Seattle; otherwise, the TV would be a safer bet). Once you pass Song and Dance Men, feel free to stop the movie - you won't miss a thing if you've already seen Holiday Inn, the first and far better of the 2 Astaire-Crosby pairings. Though De Wolfe, who steals most of his scenes, does an amusing bit as an increasingly inebriated woman celebrating her 18th wedding anniversary and Astaire does fair enough in a Caribbean-themed routine to a jazzed-up reprise of Puttin' on the Ritz towards the end, both numbers sag in the middle and are largely forgettable, much like the movie itself. Astaire had announced this film as his swan song from entertainment, and if his intention was to bow out without a bang, he did it alright; thank goodness for Easter Parade. P.S. It seems that the only memborable moments are when Astaire was in his element, dancing. And to be fair, Crosby does a touching scene with his little, on-screen daughter where he serenades her on a bite-sized piano; the kid steals the scene and Crosby's reactions are heartaching - a bittersweet mix.
½ January 3, 2010
Same old story (even for it's time) of boy meets girl, boy marries girl, boy loses girls, but gets her back in the end. However, the fine and memorable and classic song and dance tunes that intertwine the familar story are still so enjoyable and fasinating to hear and watch. Bing and Fred singing and dancing to Irving Berlin are always worth the watch.
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.
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.
December 20, 2008
Bing Crosby has a gift of playing someone who's character I detest, but who's personality I can't help loving. Astaire is good and their duet is great fun.
November 2, 2008
Again, Fred and Bing! How can you go wrong??
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