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!
Along the way he meets the fabulous Joan Leslie and, well, falls in love for real.
The movie showcases their love from the awkward "meet cute" (Roger Ebert) to the powerful and quite delicious, mysterious, and surprising ending that is the ending to end all Astaire films.
The music is sublime, led by Johnny Mercer (lyrics) and Harold Arlen (music). The dance sequences are thrilling, tied to the plot in ways that many musical numbers in other musical films are not.
The grim overcast of the war is everywhere and the lovers live under the threat of death and lonliness.
What a movie!
This was the last of the youthful Leslie's great pairings.
She began being the child bride of Gary Cooper in "Sgt. York. Then she was Bogey's first love interest in "High Sierra." She gloriously played Cagney's wife in "Yankee Doodle Dandy" (Finally aged eighteen!) and ended her awesome streak playing Fred's lover (at 19-20!) in "The Sky's The Limit."
After that she made some uninteresting films, got married and moved on with her life.
Such is Hollywood!
At any rate the knockout songs include "Shining Hour," "I Got A Lot In Common," and the astounding "One For My Baby" where the master does the greatest solo dance ever recorded on the screen.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
With Fred Astaire's most lauded works being readily available to the public, I've always thought it a great treat to stumble into his lesser known, harder-to-find films. Read morePublished 8 months ago by H. Bala
This is the original movie in which the song One for My Baby was first sung (by Fred Astaire).Published 20 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 20 months ago by renanaha
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 24 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 on May 14, 2014 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 on February 18, 2014 by Stephen E. Lightell
Some great song and dance numbers in this film like set them up Joe. Freds last film for RKO picturesPublished on February 10, 2014 by Pieter A. Kooijman
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