The Sky's The Limit
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The film centers on Astaire, a Flying Tigers pilot home on leave from China before the US entry into WW II, posing as a diletante and Leslie (working for an aircraft manufacturer) trying to "rehabilitate" this intriguing man she just met, all while they are romancing and falling in love. It's a fun B&W movie getting America ready for war and another Astaire "everyman" role with lots of story telling through song and dance. The movie provided a nostalgic trip down memory lane and is highly recommended!
Fred plays Fred Atwell, an ace pilot of the world famous Flying Tigers. After another successful mission, the Tigers are sent on a stateside promotional tour, but Fred, wanting to get away from it all for a bit, decides to skip out and have fun on his own. He ends up in a New York nightclub and meets fledgling magazine photographer Joan Manion (Joan Leslie), whom he rapidly rubs the wrong way. Not wishing to be bombarded with questions re the Flying Tigers, he presents himself as a carefree, out-of-work fella named Fred Burton. Fred goes on the chase and eventually wins Joan over. But it doesn't take long before she begins to question Fred's casual work ethic and seemingly aimless nature (as set in the WW2 backdrop, these are especially frowned on qualities). Things get even more thorny when his casual fling turns serious as Fred, knowing that he's only on a short leave and must soon depart, finds himself falling hard for Joan.
THE SKY'S THE LIMIT, released in 1943, isn't one of Fred Astaire's best when compared to his many classic pictures (I still rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars). When viewed strictly on its own merit, it becomes a more accomplished work. Part of the reason that this film didn't perform as well as hoped in the box office was that it was promoted strictly as a lighthearted musical-comedy.Read more ›
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This is the original movie in which the song One for My Baby was first sung (by Fred Astaire).Published 15 months ago by donquixote
Yes Fred's character is bit annoying at times [stalking?] when he not being his usually charming phenomenal self; but this a Joan Leslie must-see for all of those who have... Read morePublished 15 months ago by renanaha
This is not your typical Astaire musical. In it Fred plays a serious Flying Tiger hero about to transfer to the US Navy during WWII. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Wilbourg
The picture quality wasn't the best but being a big Fred Astaire fan I put up with it. I would like a better print.Published 18 months ago by JEANNE
My favorite Joan Leslie movie. Despite the fact that there was an age difference, Fred Astaire and Joan Leslie interact surprisingly well. Very entertaining.Published 21 months ago by Humberto Garcia Jr
Fred this time is in the service and has 10 days off before going back. Only he dons his uniform for normal clothes and doesn't want anyone to know he is in the service with... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Stephen E. Lightell
Some great song and dance numbers in this film like set them up Joe. Freds last film for RKO picturesPublished 24 months ago by Pieter A. Kooijman
An intriguing little film, well acted by Fred Astaire, Joan Leslie and Robert Benchley with a Harold Arlen/Johnny Mercer score. Well worth adding to one's collection. Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by Judith Kay McGee
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