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It's Always Fair Weather (1955)

It's Always Fair Weather (1955)

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Cooked up by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, It's Always Fair Weather could well have been titled On the Town Ten Years Later. Like 1949's On the Town (also a Comden/Green collaboration), this MGM musical follows the exploits of three servicemen buddies, played by Gene Kelly, Dan Dailey and Michael Kidd. The difference here is that the threesome has just been discharged from service. The boys agree to get together again exactly ten years after their parting. Flash-forward to 1955: Kelly, who'd dreamed of being a show biz entrepreneur, is a small-time boxing promoter, heavily in debt to the Mob; Dailey has abandoned his plans of becoming an artist in favor of a stuffy, grey-flannel existence as an ad executive; and Kidd, who'd aspired to being a master chef, is running a modest diner. On behalf of TV-personality Dolores Gray, network-staffer Cyd Charisse contrives to reunite the three men on a This is Your Life style TV special, but all three are hostile to the notion.

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Cast

Gene Kelly
as Ted Riley
Dan Dailey
as Doug Hallerton
Cyd Charisse
as Jackie Leighton
Michael Kidd
as Angie Valentine
Dolores Gray
as Madeline Bradville
Jay C. Flippen
as Charles Z. Culloran
Steve Mitchell
as Kid Mariacchi
Hal March
as Rocky Lazar
Paul Maxey
as Fielding
Peter Leeds
as Trasker
Alex Gerry
as Stamper
Dick Simmons
as Mr. Grigman
Madge Blake
as Mrs. Stamper
Wilson Wood
as `Midnight with Madeline' Director
Herb Vigran
as Sports Herald Reporter
Frank Nelson
as `Midnight With Madeline' Announcer
Paul Bryar
as Turquoise Maitre'D
Phil Arnold
as Stillman's Gym Assistant
Donald Kerr
as Costume Company Manager
Charles Sullivan
as Kid Mariachi's Handler
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Critic Reviews for It's Always Fair Weather

All Critics (6)

The idea is the winnowing of guys-out-together exuberance for the self-loathing in it

September 6, 2009 | Full Review…
CinePassion

The lively musical comedy has splendid dancing, but the story is not so splendid.

August 18, 2008 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Great choreography, slight satire.

December 27, 2004 | Rating: 3/5
Kansas City Kansan

1950s musical that doesn't really work.

August 14, 2003 | Rating: 3/5
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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½

A disappointment. Ordinary musical from the end period of the great MGM muscials. Gene's number on roller skates is memorable but everything else is just so much filler.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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Gene Kelly is great at being an adorable cad who has a thousand times more potential than he expends. I think that is because he is/was one in real life. It's got a little more of an edge than usual MGM tapdancing spectacles and I think they made a little bit more of a effort in attaining originality in the dance numbers - with the garbage can pails and the ROLLERSKATES (ohh my gosh). I only wish Cyd Charisse had danced in more numbers. I still say she and Gene Kelly have the best dancing chemistry - she's such a gazelle and he's such a kloofing klomphing dreamboat. The ending was a dream. I love that these movies mandatorily have to end happily.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

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