It's Always Fair Weather

1955

Action / Comedy / Drama / Musical / Romance

6
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 88%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 74%
IMDb Rating 7.0 10 3572

musical world war ii gangster

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Cyd Charisse as Jackie Leighton
Gene Kelly as Ted Riley
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1 hr 41 min
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1 hr 41 min
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Reviewed by blanche-2 6 / 10

Flawed Previn-Comden-Green musical

Gene Kelly, Dan Dailey, and Michael Kidd are army buddies in "It's Always Fair Weather," a 1955 musical film directed by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly. The film also stars Cyd Charisse and Delores Gray.

At the end of World War II, Ted Riley (Kelly), Doug Hallerton (Dailey), and Angie Valentine (Kidd) return to the states and make a bet with a bartender that they will be friends for life. They agree to meet on October 11, 1955, which is in ten years, at the same bar. When that day comes, they all show up, and have absolutely nothing to say to one another. Riley is a playboy and gambler who won a prize fighter in a game, Hallerton is an ulcer-ridden advertising man on the verge of divorce, and Angie is the happily married owner of a diner in upstate New York. Thanks to a talk show host (Delores Gray) who refuses to do her show as planned, and the show's beautiful consultant (Charisse), the three are destined to be reunited again - on network television.

This is a nice movie with some great dancing and singing, but given the cast, directors, writers and composer, one expects a little more than "nice" and "pleasant." The music by Andre Previn is uninspired. The choreography fares better, with a delightful roller skating sequence by Gene Kelly, and a fun sequence in a boxing gym by Cyd Charisse. The glamorous Delores Gray sings the heck out of her numbers, but her acting, unlike in "Designing Woman," is way over the top, more of a stage performance.

Despite the spoofing of advertising and early television shows and the singing and dancing, the film has a strange edginess; when it's dark, it's almost too dark, and the light moments aren't light enough. There's just something unhappy about it, which you don't find in the fabulous "Singin' in the Rain." But I suppose you can't ask lightning to strike twice.

Dan Dailey has the strongest role and is more than up to it, giving the film's best performance. And of the three, he's the only one who bothered to age ten years.

Disappointing, given the talent involved.

Reviewed by evanston_dad 4 / 10

Dull, Irrelevant Musical

The 1950s were a fascinating decade in film for their schizophrenia if for nothing else. Exhibit A: the same year, 1955, produced both "Kiss Me Deadly" and this dull musical that has no reason for existence.

I'm not opposed to musicals by any means. The year before had produced "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" and the same year produced "Oklahoma!", two of the most joyous movies I've ever seen. But there is just nothing going on in "It's Always Fair Weather" to keep a modern day viewer engaged. I suppose to audiences at the time, the theme of buddies who bonded during war but find that they have little in common off the battlefield inspired a certain melancholy nostalgia that gave this film some power. But without that there's not really even a reason to watch this. If you want Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse, go watch "Singin' in the Rain" or "The Band Wagon" instead.

Unbelievably, "It's Always Fair Weather" brought Betty Comden and Adolph Green an Oscar nomination for their wisp of a screenplay, and Andre Previn received a nomination for his musical scoring.

Grade: D+

Reviewed by MartinHafer 8 / 10

The good easily outweighs the bad--and a highly underrated film.

The film begins with three very obnoxious soldiers in a bar. They are celebrating because the war is over and they are all about to go home. However, before they go, these lifelong friends vow to reunite in 10 years.

Ten years pass. Doug (Dan Dailey) has NOT become a great bohemian painter but a very stodgy business with a busted marriage. Ted (Gene Kelly) did NOT marry the girl of his dreams but is a gambler and boxing promoter who has contempt for women. And, the most innocent of the three, Angie (Michael Kidd), is pretty happy--owning a burger joint and having a wife and kids. But, what they really discover about each other is that they have nothing in common and don't even like each other any more. And, in some cases, they also see that they don't even like themselves. Fortunately, through the course of the film this meeting ends up changing Ted and Doug for the better. And, it also provides a very strange opportunity to redo this reunion.

Considering this film stars Dan Dailey and Gene Kelly, it's not surprising that it's a musical. As for Michael Kidd, most folks won't even recognize him but he was also an exceptional dancer. I honestly think the reason the studio picked this unknown guy was entirely because Frank Sinatra couldn't be in the film, so the producer found the actor who looked the most like Sinatra as possible. To heighten it, they also dressed Kidd like Sinatra and had him imitate his style. Kidd was fine in the film, but they really did NOT need to do this.

So is it any good? Well, yes and no. As for the songs, some were absolutely hilarious--which is a shame, as apparently no one went to see the film when it came out in 1955. I loved the song where the three guys sang inside their heads about how much they hated their 'friends' when they reunited! It was hilarious. I also loved the surreal song and dance number in the gym. The song's lyrics were great but it was also great how cute these palookas were! You just have to laugh when they sing and behave so gentlemanly. But, on the other hand, a lot of the other songs fell a bit flat. The story itself was original but it also suffered, a bit, because at first it was very tough to like two of the three leading men--they WERE jerks. But, at least they changed! Plus, it also had a nice sense of humor that picked it up a bit--such as the ultra-horrible TV host! She was a hoot. I also was amazed seeing Kelly dancing on roller skates!! Wow...and a far cry from his embarrassing roller skating in "Xanadu". So overall, is it worth seeing? Well, if you like musicals, of course. If not, you might want to try another one first. Of course, even if you don't like musicals, you might want to see it so you can get a glimpse of Cyd Charisse in a sweater!

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