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Blue Skies – Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Joan Caulfield

 

Blue Skies

Blue Skies (1946 Paramount Pictures) is a star studded musical comedy starring Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Joan Caulfield, Olga San Juan, and Billy de Wolfe. The music, lyrics, and story are by Irving Berlin.

The movie is narrated by Jed Potter (Astaire) as he looks back on a love triangle between himself, Johnny Adams (Crosby), and Mary O’Hara (Caulfield). Potter and Adams are great friends who both love O’Hara.  O’Hara chooses Adams who cannot stay commited to anyone or anything in life for very long. The story is told by Potter in flashbacks over the course of several years and  between musical numbers.

The storyline is pretty routine and is secondary to showcasing Irving Berlin’s songs and the talents of Crosby, Astaire, Caulfield, and San Juan. There are 17 song and/or dance routines in Blue Skies, with several other Berlin tunes as background music. Some of the best are; Crosby and Astaire do a comedy song and dance routine to “A Couple Of Song And Dance Men”. Fred Astaire solos to “Putting On The Ritz”. Crosby sings “Blue Skies” to Joan Caulfield. In the films major production, Olga San Juan and Fred Astaire are featured in a latin themed setting to the song “Heat Wave”.

If you love musicals and Irving Berlin’s music, you will enjoy Blue Skies. Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire easily breeze through their numbers with a flair only they can show. Olga San Juan does some of the best work of her career in her routines, Joan Caulfield is beautiful as the love interest, and Billy de Wolfe is good in his role of providing much of the comedy.

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