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NEW Sky's The Limit (1943) (DVD)

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Astaire/Leslie/Benchley ~ Sky's The Limit (1943)

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4.0 out of 5 stars OK musical with one of Astaire's greatest dances July 6 2002
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This is not one of Fred Astaire's greatest films, though it unquestionably features one of his two or three greatest solo numbers, and perhaps his greatest solo number. The problem with the film is that the script just isn't up to the level of his best films, nor are most of the songs up to the quality we expect in his movies. The cast was superb, with such stalwarts as Joan Leslie, Robert Benchley, and Robert Ryan. But when you have a weak script, you have a weak script.
I agree with those reviewers who find Fred's character a bit overbearing in his pursuit of Joan Leslie. His character isn't unique in the 1940s. But I don't think the problems with the film are primarily centered on his failure to respect her boundaries.
Whatever problems the film has as a whole, they are all largely redeemed by Fred Astaire's great, great song and dance to the Arlen and Mercer classic "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)." Astaire wasn't a great singer, but as a songwriter himself, he had a respect for songs rare in 1930s and 1940s musical performers. It is one of the reasons that all the great songwriters of the era loved to write for Fred Astaire. Improbably, Astaire probably introduced more "standards" than any other singer, including Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. Sinatra might later have recorded the definitive version of many of these songs, but they were given to Astaire by the songwriters first. Astaire performs this song very well, singing to a bartender in a joint where he has gotten good and bloody drunk. But his dance is even better, and he never expressed despair and heartbreak better than he did in this number.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not your average musical July 28 2001
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"The Sky's The Limit" is a rare film, especially when one considers its a wartime musical. At that time, escapism was the key to most movies. People wanted to go into a theater and forget about the war and probably expected this movie to fulfill that purpose since Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers had helped many to forget the Great Depression with their series of films. However, this film is more than just song and dance. It has a heart and brain to it. Fred Astaire plays a man in the military, a Flying Tiger to be exact, who gets leave for a few days and tries desperately to escape the "flyboy hero" image he has gotten. He ditches the uniform and becomes a regular guy. He meets up with Joan Leslie (who was 17 when she made this movie!) and immediately falls in love with her. I notice that all the reviewers allude to stalking and if this movie had been made today, there's no doubt Fred would have a restraining order against him. However, it was the 1940s and so we know that Fred is a harmless fellow. The rest of the movie is the good ol' classic love story.
As I mentioned before, this movie has a heart and brain. In most musicals of the time, the flag was being waved and there was never a negative word against the war. "The Sky's The Limit" is also very patriotic, but not obviously so. Astaire's character believes strongly in what he is fighting for, but the movie also deals with the problems people felt at the time, the separation from loved ones, etc. It also features a female lead who's goal in life is not just to land a husband. This girl has a job as a reporter and wishes to go to the European theater (though there are some statements that could be considered politically incorrect, but remember its the '40s).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Makes You Wonder... Sept. 19 2000
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Here's an Astaire film that made one watcher wonder, "Geez, what did it take back then to get charged with harrassment?" Flying Tiger Astaire plays a famous World War fighter pilot who goes incognito to avoid the media hoopla that surrounds him. With less than a week before he has to go back to the war, he meets society photographer Joan Leslie and instantly falls in love with her. So what does he do? He dogs her every step, he interferes with her work, he annoys her, he moves right next door to her, he conceals his name and true identity, he lies to her, he misleads her, he breaks and enters into her apartment, and basically makes himself a regular, annoying fixture in her life. Somehow, Astaire managers to worm his way into Leslie's affections. The film takes a more serious and realistic turn as Fred realizes that he has only a few days left, but he's really fallen for this girl and she, though she hasn't yet found out his true identity, has fallen for him. Fred stands at a crossroad because he believes he could never offer Leslie the security she deserves because of the dangerous, unpredictable life he leads.
This is a pretty good Astaire film (come to think of it, when has this guy ever bombed?). It doesn't have all the glitz and glamour of his films with Ginger Rogers, nor does it have the technical perfection and brilliance of his films with Eleanor Powell and Rita Hayworth. But this does have wonderful down-to-earth performances from both the leads. Watch for Astaire's smoldering tap dance to "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)".
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