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The Sky's the Limit

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After a four-year absence, Fred Astaire returns to RKO Radio for the Ginger Rogers-less The Sky's the Limit. Astaire plays a war hero who wants to spend a quiet furlough in New York. Since the city is poised to give Astaire a ticker-tape welcome, he sneaks into town incognito. He meets photojournalist Joan Leslie, who assumes that Astaire is a slacker and a coward because of his apparent unwillingness to contribute to the war effort. Just as in the earlier Astaire-Rogers vehicles, all misunderstandings are swept ...
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Overview

After a four-year absence, Fred Astaire returns to RKO Radio for the Ginger Rogers-less The Sky's the Limit. Astaire plays a war hero who wants to spend a quiet furlough in New York. Since the city is poised to give Astaire a ticker-tape welcome, he sneaks into town incognito. He meets photojournalist Joan Leslie, who assumes that Astaire is a slacker and a coward because of his apparent unwillingness to contribute to the war effort. Just as in the earlier Astaire-Rogers vehicles, all misunderstandings are swept away at the end. Robert Benchley shows up to deliver a variation on his old "Treasurer's Report" monologue, while Clarence Kolb, Eric Blore, Neil Hamilton and Peter Lawford make uncredited appearances. Entertaining though the Astaire-Leslie duets may be in The Sky's the Limit, Astaire wraps this one up with his solo "One for My Baby and One for the Road."
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Coming on the heels of the immensely popular Holiday Inn, Fred Astaire's The Sky's the Limit was deemed something of a letdown. On its own terms, however, it's an engaging and appealing little film and somewhat more insightful than most musicals of the period. Although the dialogue is fairly weak, the script does at least dally with the concept of a career woman and includes a rather tearful finale that is unusual for the genre at the time. Also of interest is the fact that Astaire is essentially playing a traditional Gene Kelly role, that of a persistent male who is a bit overbearing in his pursuit of a female (and is in the armed forces, to boot). There's less music than in most Astaire films (which is one reason why the deficiencies of the script are more apparent), but it does feature two lovely duets with Joan Leslie, as well as Astaire's classic, rowdy bar dance. The score itself features two first rate songs, the haunting "My Shining Hour" and the immortal "One for My Baby," as well as the lesser-known but charming "I've Got a Lot in Common with You." Astaire is in top form throughout, and he and Leslie make a wonderful pair. They have a definite chemistry, and her dancing blends very well with his. Robert Benchley provides solid support, especially with his memorable befuddled monologue. Astaire would follow Sky with the more ambitious but very uneven Yolanda and the Thief.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/19/2012
  • UPC: 883316469101
  • Original Release: 1943
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 27,763

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fred Astaire Fred Atwell/Fred Burton
Joan Leslie Joan Manion
Robert Benchley Phil Harriman
Robert Ryan Reg Fenton
Elizabeth Patterson Mrs. Fisher
Marjorie Gateson Canteen Hostess
Eric Blore Jackson
Fredrick CHarles Slack Freddie Slack
Buck Bucko
Roy Bucko
Georgia Caine Charwoman
Jack Carr Customer
Henri DeSoto Headwaiter
Jerry Mandy Italian Waiter
Ella Mae Morse Singer
Dick Rush Railway Conductor
Clint Sharp Cowboy
Ann Summers
Ida Shoemaker Flower Woman
Joe Bernard Bartender
Richard Davies Lt. Dick Merlin
Norma Drury Mrs. Leo Roskowski
Neil Hamilton Navy Officer
Paul Hurst Stevedore Foreman
Dorothy Kelly Harriman's Secretary
Joseph Kim Chinese Official
Clarence Kolb Harvey J. Sloan
Peter Lawford Bit Part
Edward McNamara Bartender
Frank Melton Navy Officer
Al Murphy Bartender
Clarence Muse Doorman
Victor Potel Joe, the Bartender
Larry Rio Dancing Soldier
Ferris Taylor Cook
Amelita Ward Southern Girl
Al Hill Sergeant
Olin Howland Driver
Technical Credits
Edward H. Griffith Director
Harold Arlen Score Composer, Songwriter
Fred Astaire Choreography
Claude E. Carpenter Set Decoration/Design
Carroll Clark Art Director
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Frank Fenton Screenwriter
Roland Gross Editor
Leigh Harline Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
David Hempstead Producer
Rene Hubert Costumes/Costume Designer
S.K. Lauren Screenwriter
Johnny Mercer Score Composer, Songwriter
Russell Metty Cinematographer
Renie Costumes/Costume Designer
Lynn Root Screenwriter
Ruby Rosenberg Asst. Director
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Sherman Todd Associate Producer
Vernon Walker Special Effects
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sky's the Limit
1. Chapter 1 [1:11]
2. Chapter 2 [2:24]
3. Chapter 3 [1:46]
4. Chapter 4 [1:44]
5. Chapter 5 [3:47]
6. Chapter 6 [1:42]
7. Chapter 7 [3:22]
8. Chapter 8 [3:02]
9. Chapter 9 [2:54]
10. Chapter 10 [1:19]
11. Chapter 11 [3:31]
12. Chapter 12 [4:00]
13. Chapter 13 [1:55]
14. Chapter 14 [1:27]
15. Chapter 15 [2:15]
16. Chapter 16 [2:02]
17. Chapter 17 [3:42]
18. Chapter 18 [2:23]
19. Chapter 19 [2:16]
20. Chapter 20 [1:33]
21. Chapter 21 [4:22]
22. Chapter 22 [1:54]
23. Chapter 23 [2:55]
24. Chapter 24 [3:32]
25. Chapter 25 [2:46]
26. Chapter 26 [1:41]
27. Chapter 27 [5:08]
28. Chapter 28 [1:49]
29. Chapter 29 [4:25]
30. Chapter 30 [2:40]
31. Chapter 31 [2:04]
32. Chapter 32 [2:54]
33. Chapter 33 [3:25]
34. Chapter 34 [1:56]
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