Blue Skies (1946)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB

USA, 1946.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by , adaptation by , Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by Hans Dreier, .  Costume Design by , , .  Film Editing by .  

Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby pair up extremely well in this beautifully colourful, enjoyable musical. Astaire is a singing star on the theatrical stage and Crosby is the crooning restaurateur who both fall in love with chorus girl .

She has a stormy romance with one and an unrequited friendship with the other and the story never veers far off the well-known, weather-beaten soap-opera track. What puts the steam in this engine, then, is the vast collection of Irving Berlin tunes, some old and some new, that punctuate every point in the story. The film benefits from a rich score, gorgeous voices and some stand-out dance numbers by Astaire, including “Puttin’ On The Ritz”, plus some incredibly scene-stealing moments by the wonderful , “The Puerto Rican Pepper Pot”, who kicks it high style with songs like “You’d Be Surprised” and “Heat Wave”.

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Scoring of a Musical Picture; Best Song (“You Keep Coming Back Like A Song”)

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