Sky's The Limit, The

Fred Astaire finds a new dance partner in Joan Leslie in this delightful wartime musical.


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Sky's The Limit, The
 
4.2

(based on 6 reviews)

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  • Entertaining (5)
  • Engaging characters (3)

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5.0

Ahead of its time - and outstanding

By Bob B.

from Ohio

About Me Movie Buff

Pros

  • Engaging Characters
  • Entertaining
  • Informative
  • Original

Cons

    Best Uses

    • At Home

    Comments about Sky's The Limit, The:

    This is one of the most unusual American films to emerge from World War II. I can't think of another commercial movie of the period that exhibits "The Sky's the Limit"'s skepticism toward homefront patriotism. When Fred Astaire berates an airplane mogul for his company's unstable aircraft - and the manufacturer responds by saying sorry but his product is built to meet a price - we're in a land far removed from the sunny optimism of the MGM musical. Astaire's brooding character, introduced as being in search of nothing more than a quick 10-day fling, seems a direct refutation of the "gentleman" Astaire had epitomized during the 1930s. Even the look of the movie is unsettling - dark and almost B-budget, not nearly as plush as the contemporary output of MGM (or even the old RKO Astaire-Rogers series). People expecting lighthearted and lightheaded musical diversion from wartime stress were no doubt disappointed or disturbed by "The Sky's the Limit." But seven decades later, this movie seems unusually honest for a WWII-era entertainment. (The only really weak moment is Robert Benchley's standard "after dinner speech" shtick; although it was his trademark routine, it dates horribly and brings the film to a halt.) Astaire's masterpiece dance of destruction to "One For My Baby" - hardly imaginable in the context of any other Astaire film - is totally appropriate for this sometimes somber but surprisingly original musical.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Rarely Seen Fred Astaire Gem

    By retired producer

    from Denver, Colorado

    About Me Movie Buff

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Engaging Characters
    • Entertaining
    • For Fred Astaire Fans
    • High Production Value

    Cons

    • Black and White

    Best Uses

    • Adult Viewers
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    • Travel

    Comments about Sky's The Limit, The:

    Both Fred Astaire and Joan Leslie are delightful in this little seen story of a World War II flying ace on a short leave in New York City. It's a fairly typical studio era formula film about a romantic entanglement between an enlisted man and the casual infatuation that developed under the extreme pressure of wartime. The story is definitely imbued in the World War II era and is a change from the dancing films that Astaire made famous at RKO only a few years before this production.
    It's very similar to the sailor-on-leave stories which MGM ground-out with Gene Kelly and Sinatra at about the same time. However the focus on Astaire has always been the famous musical and dancing films and the general public has probably not had the opportunity to
    view this romantic departure in a couple of generations and even movie buffs may not realize the way that Astaire adapted to the war era of the 1940's. It's a classic Astaire film well worth the reprise.

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    4.0

    Rare Fred Astaire film becomes available

    By Movie buff

    from Denver, Colorado

    About Me Movie Buff

    Pros

    • Engaging Characters
    • Entertaining
    • Fred Astaire In His Prime
    • Great Cinematography
    • High Production Value
    • The Golden Age Of Rko
    • Very Hard To Find Title

    Cons

    • Needs Full Restoration

    Best Uses

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    • Legacy Of Dance On Film
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    Comments about Sky's The Limit, The:

    This recent release is the first time that an excellent, but little known
    Fred Astaire film has been generally available to the public since the era, when first released, in the early World War II Years. And while
    Sky's The Limit is richly immersed in the patriotic culture of its time, and having a simple plot, the treatment somehow rises above its time to capture the lightness and flavor of what was great about the RKO Films of the 1930's Period with Ginger Rogers. The enchanting Joan Leslie fills the shoes of Ginger Rogers well, but many film buffs probably are unaware that Astaire returned to RKO for this additional musical and dancing tour de force after the Ginger Rogers dancing partnership at the studio had ended. The dance numbers are mesmerizing, and the supporting role of the humorist Robert Benchley is one of his delightful appearances and portrayals of a now nostalgic great career. It's a classic RKO Golden Age delight!

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    3.0

    Mishmash of Moods

    By Bill

    from Lakewood, CO

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    Pros

    • Fine Cast
    • The Musical Numbers

    Cons

    • Poor Plot Development

    Best Uses

    • Home Theater

    Comments about Sky's The Limit, The:

    Once again, I find myself recommending a movie solely on the basis of three musical sequences. This is the last of the Warner-owned Fred Astaire musicals to be released on DVD, and it's easy to see why it was left for last. Is it a comedy? Is it a drama? Is it a musical? No, it's an untidy conglomeration of all three.

    When Ginger Rogers quit their partnership to do dramatic roles, it appears that Fred decided to try the same thing. In this film, he plays a cynical combat pilot who quits a promotional tour, dons civilian clothes and goes on the make in New York City. The first girl he spots is Joan Leslie, an unhappy news photographer. A third wheel is provided by Robert Benchley as Leslie's boss, who wants to marry her but hasn't got a chance. All three characters remain largely unhappy until the last five minutes of the film. What fun!

    The movie is full of talky scenes that are neither funny nor serious, and only serve to confuse matters. The movie is further padded by some completely irrelevant scenes such as Fred fixing a run in a woman's stocking and one of Benchley's improvised "lectures". Strangely, there are a number of in-jokes that film buffs will recognize, but they seem out of place here. Only the musical sequences work the way they should.

    The three Mercer-Arlen songs are original for the film and two of them ("My Shining Hour" and "One for My Baby") have become standards. Oddly, it is the third song ("A Lot in Common with You") that gets the the best interpretation, but all three are quite enjoyable (Astaire's solo version of "One for My Baby" is bizarre but lively).

    Overall, the DVD image is clean and fairly sharp, but there are white specks and scratches at almost every reel change. The audio is a bit tinny, but acceptable.

     
    4.0

    Ya gotta see "One for My Baby" dance!

    By Suzie Homemaker

    from Arlington TEXAS

    About Me Avid Reader, Collector, Movie Buff

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    Pros

    • Classic
    • Entertaining

    Cons

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      • Entertainment
      • Everyone

      Comments about Sky's The Limit, The:

      I've been waiting for this to be released on DVD and was not disappointed in the quality.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Fun Astaire Romp

      By Filmguy1945

      from Woodland hills, Ca

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      Pros

      • Engaging
      • Entertaining
      • Funny

      Cons

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        • Entertainment
        • Everyone

        Comments about Sky's The Limit, The:

        Light, Breezy Fred Astaire film, with the very lovely Joan Leslie the main attraction.

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