Upon arriving home from a stint in the Army, a bet is made that the trio will not remain as tightly knit after readjusting to life in the United States. The troubled trio are estranged because they have nothing in common, and their lives have led them in vastly different directions, but also because they lack a common enemy. Speaking of which, several deleted scenes are included as extras, re-assembled as best as possible with the material that could be recovered. It's Always Fair Weather is a Super Mario Bros. Complicating the picture is a brutal gangster named Culloran Jay C.
This movie is historic in that it caused a permanent rift between Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen. I took note of this; there are two identically-shot sequences, one at the end of the opening scene and the other just as the end titles begin. Yes, it's dated and is definitely less than the sum of its parts. There are three great numbers and a nutty high camp number with Delores Gray who was always too big and theatrical for the screen. The film -- nominated for Oscars in both the Best Score and Best Screenplay categories -- is an entertaining conduit for some high-energy antics, balancing what is an arguably contrived plot. Donen was reportedly not a fan of the Cinemascope format for musicals, but he brings a distinctive flair to its use in Fair Weather, utilizing split screen, rectangular superimpositions and strategically placed television monitors that expand the action a standard device now but a novelty in 1955. Even the most cursory examination of this edition of 1955's soundtrack will thrill enthusiasts, as the contents have been improved upon by leaps and bounds over every previous incarnation.
Despite an inexplicable Oscar nomination for its screenplay, Fair Weather's plot sprawls unevenly in all directions, and the film's best sequences typically occur in the gaps between rapid-fire exposition, when the music and choreography take over. He then goes into the Fun House and, seeing his reflection in the mirrors, assumes that the raccoon ears on his hat are actually the work of the mirror. General Eisenhower archive footage uncredited. She also happens to have an encyclopedic knowledge of the boxing world, which comes in handy. But with the involvement of Gene Kelly, who had starred in the , the project shifted to the screen.
Mario and come outside at this point and see the hurricane in action. Bronner on the same problematic Eastmancolor stock that he would utilize two years later on. Silverman, musical historian John Kendrick, Broadway directors Casey Nicholaw and Susan Stroman, and, in archival footage, writers Comden and Green, actors Michael Kidd and Cyd Charisse and composer André Previn. The movie then chronicles each, as becomes a less than successful boxing manager, has traded his fatigues for a business suit, and is the proprietor of a typical greasy spoon luncheonette. For the film's female leads, they recruited Cyd Charisse, fresh off and , and Broadway star Dolores Gray, in her feature singing debut.
Thankfully, Comden and Green provide them with several new foes nearly as ferocious as the Axis Powers. Doug becomes a financial success by abandoning his dreams of becoming the next Renoir in favor of designing asinine ad campaigns for Klenzrite, a laundry detergent promoted by Midnight With Madeline, a Queen For A Day-like show that orchestrates unexpected reunions and other human-interest pieces for the voyeuristic delight of home audiences. The rear channels are used primarily to expand the track's depth and presence. Hallerton has forsaken his artistic ambitions to become an ad executive, where high-pressure work has ruined both his stomach and his marriage. The old stories and inside jokes register as little more than foggy half-memories, and the three go their separate ways, seemingly for good. Composer André Previn was nominated for an Oscar for his score, and the Blu-ray's track brings Previn's orchestrations into the home with clarity and authority. The men return home with big plans.
Frankly though, these three excerpts can be found in reasonably decent quality on youtube. Like Donen and Kelly, these men accomplished great things together, then went their separate ways. Still though this is a very enjoyable movie musical with Gene Kelly dancing on skates and Cyd Charisse working out in the gym, Baby, You Knock Me Out! You will get a notification at the top of the site as soon as the current price equals or falls below your price. The latter was used to create a 5. The nation no longer had a World War to unite it or inspire unparalleled displays of patriotism. But their dreams soon crumble. The Blu-ray permits a variation of that approach, since the menu contains a song list marked by chapters.
There are the mobsters out to punish Ted for knocking out his own fighter before he could go down in a fixed fight, but also, on a less immediate level, exploitative television producers and an advertising world that manipulates the lives of fragile people to mercenary ends. Ultimately it makes me like Gene Kelly even less than I already did who was only believable playing a cad or a egomaniac or both, which seems close to the man himself. I'm not sure it even worked back in the day, as you don't really care whether these old friends reunite or not. The film itself has such a whacky confused script it surprises that it was even released. Blacks are solid, densities are consistent except during dissolves and the film's grain pattern is remarkably tight and controlled, given the problematic stock.
Little Miss Mop-Up voice uncredited. Luigi, needless to say, is not happy with the idea. Kelly recruited his previous directing partner, Stanley Donen, for what would turn out to be their final collaboration, but the studio was unwilling to hire Kelly's former co-stars, Jules Munshin whom they considered no longer popular and Frank Sinatra who was deemed too expensive and too difficult. Will they ever even meet again? Woman on phone voice uncredited. The dance numbers are superb as usual. The film was actually ahead of its time as it ends with.
Carl - Maitre d' uncredited. The video and audio transfer is excellent from Warner Archives. Riley quickly falls for this tough career woman who is his equal in intellect and his superior in achievement. You can also get an instant mobile notification with our iPhone- or Android app. The accompanying doco on the film is fascinating and displays what I have often heard, that Kelly was an egomaniac who, by this time was seeing his career slip away.
Street Passerby in Roller Skating Number uncredited. It's Always Fair Weather was shot by cinematographer Robert J. It was originally meant as a sort of sequel to On the Town. It's Jackie who has the bright idea of featuring the men's botched reunion on the show, which leads to all manner of machinations and deceptions. Midnight with Madeleine Announcer uncredited. Enjoyable, but not quite a classic. For starters, 's complete score -- enhanced by the words and music of and -- is presented for the first time.