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

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
On demand prints have low quality and no chapter menu Jan. 7 2013
By Joseph - Published on
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To save stocking fees (I guess) Amazon prints some of these (more obscure) DVDs after an order is placed. This is great because it makes the DVD accessible. However, the print quality is just acceptable and there are no special features included. More importantly and frustrating about the print "on demand" DVDs is that they do not include a chapter menu where one can go directly to a specific scene if necessary.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fred, Harold and Johnny. supported by Bob and Joan Nov. 1 2012
By drkhimxz - Published on
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The terms Icon and Iconic are freely used by the erudite and the uninformed, as well, to characterize the place of this temporary star or that occasional player as they spin their way in and out of the spotlight never to be heard from again. In Fred Astaire, Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer, we have three guys who, time and again over long careers could be counted upon to deliver the real goods (and some clunkers occasionally). Alec Wilder, in his study of American Songs in the first half of the twentieth century, spoke glowingly of Shining Hour as a song almost prayerful in its resonance; although not here given the performance it should have had by Astaire (who does only a nice parody of it). Nonetheless, it is haunting in its role as a reverberant theme throughout the film. Astaires performance of the barroom song, beginning "Its quarter to three..." became and remained the classic boozy lament; true, for younger audiences who did not remember the earlier version, Frank Sinatra captured the song for himself (as he made a Paul Anka song his trademark though the songwriter/performer had designed it for Paul Anka to sing), Sinatra does one of his best jobs on it and deserves full credit, but Astaire's rendition remains sui generis. How better to characterize Fred's dancing than as dances by Astaire. There were none better than him...and he came first. By highlighting the three who made the film, I don't ignore Robert Benchley, humorist of the baffled average man. His defeated second fiddle lover is distinctive and, in addition, we get a brief illustration of the monological style which earned him an Oscar for a short subject he did. Joan Leslie is a nice girl whose singing and dancing are sufficient unto the day without challenging Rogers or Hayworth (whose singing was dubbed)but did not look at all bad alongside Astaire's then recent film partner, Bing Crosby, in the marvelously entertaining, Holiday Inn (remember White Christmas). Robert Ryan has a look-in part showing little of the talent that later made him so solid a performer.
As to the picture itself, it was made to appeal to an audience which to that date had seen mostly defeat and death for its armed forces. It was be be sentimental yet gay. This the film does well. No, it is not an iconic Hollywood production nor is it an iconic Astaire performance; it is a Wartime film made to provide a few laughs and a slight tug on the emotions in an audience many of whose husbands, fathers and brothers, many of whose sweethearts, would never return from take-offs from airfields pretty much like the closing shots of the film. I think many of you will find it appealing. Just don't expect Top Hat or The Gay Divorcee.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Rare Astaire Film with Fond Memories Aug. 7 2012
By Decider2 - Published on
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I had the opportunity to watch this film on the big screen many decades after its release (mid 1990s?)at the Stanford Theater in Palo Alto California (the theater restored in all its Art Deco glory). Joan Leslie, Astaire's costar, was present with her family and the theater did it right; Leslie was driven up in a vintage Packard limosine, with clieg lights waving across the sky. At the start of the film Leslie spoke about her making of the film (she was 17, and Astaire was in his mid fourties), and how, because she was so young at the time and had a very tight schedule between school, making movies, etc, that she had never seen the Hollywood premier. She was incredibly gracious and articulate and it was fun seeing her children and husband watch their mother/wife treated like Hollywood royalty for the first time in their lives. The memory has stayed with me and given the film a special place in my heart and in my movie collection.

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!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
waiting for this Aug. 10 2013
By MS - Published on
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I have been waiting for this movie. Love the great Fred Astaire and old movies. it is a must have.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By movie buff - Published on
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What can I say,MR.ASTAIRE,was the greatest! Of coarse I may be bias, my father worked on his pictures at RKO. I waited soooo long for this film to be released on dvd. I was so happy when AMAZON had it for sale. Your the greatest also amazon. Beautiful quality dvd,wonderful price, best company in the world,AMAZON. The Sky's The Limit

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