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Jed Potter ([[Performer~P80113~Fred Astaire~fredastaire]]) is a popular radio personality who was once a famous dancer. He also used to be friends with Johnny Adams ([[Performer~P15874~Bing Crosby~bingcrosby]]) until they became rivals for the affections of Mary O'Hara ([[Performer~P11840~Joan Caulfield~joancaulfield]]). Jed lost out when Johnny and Mary got married, but life hasn't been too rosy for the couple since; Johnny's career in business was a washout, and not long after the birth of their daughter, the couple decided to divorce. Mary gave Jed another chance with her, but in time she chose to patch things up with Johnny, leading Jed to a close partnership with alcohol that ended with an accident, preventing him from ever dancing again. However, the aftermath of this tragedy helps bring the three former friends back together. Blue Skies was not much more than a framework for a bunch of musical numbers featuring great tunes from the [[Performer~P5711~Irving Berlin~irvingberlin]] catalog, but when you've got [[Performer~P15874~Bing~bingcrosby]] singing and [[Performer~P80113~Fred~fredastaire]] dancing to songs like "Puttin' on the Ritz," "You Keep Coming Back Like a Song," "A Couple of Song and Dance Men," and "White Christmas," why carp? Noted stage actor and tap dancer [[Performer~P20090~Paul Draper~pauldraper]] was originally cast as Jed, but he was fired after several days of filming and replaced by [[Performer~P80113~Astaire~fredastaire]]; [[Performer~P20090~Draper~pauldraper]] would make only one more movie before his film career came to an end after he was branded a Communist sympathizer. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:October 16, 1946

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Emmett Dolan Best Score - Musical 1946 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Irving Berlin Best Song 1946 Nominee

Cast

Bing Crosby
as Johnny Adams
Fred Astaire
as Jed Potter
Joan Caulfield
as Mary O'Hara
Billy De Wolfe
as Tony
Olga San Juan
as Nita Nova
Frank Faylen
as Mack
Mikhail Rasumny
as Francois
Victoria Horne
as Martha Nurse
Frances Morris
as Nurse
Len Hendry
as Electrician
John Kelly
as Tough Guy
Will Wright
as Dan
Karolyn Grimes
as Mary Elizabeth
Albert Ruiz
as Specialty dancer
Cliff Nazarro
as Cliff
Jimmy Conlin
as Jeffrey
Roberta Jonay
as Hat check girl
Larry Steers
as Guest
Joan Woodbury
as Flo
Harry Davenport
Jack Norton
as Drunk
John Gallaudet
as Stage manager
Sam Harris
as Guest
Joel Friend
as Specialty dancer
Paula Ray
as Guest
Roy Gordon
as Charles Dillingham
John Miller
as Ed
Robert Benchley
as Businessman

Crew

Stuart Heisler
Director
Sol C. Siegel
Producer
Arthur Sheekman
Screenwriter
Irving Berlin
Screenwriter
Charles B. Lang
Cinematographer
Robert Emmett Dolan
Composer (Music Score)
Robert Emmett Dolan
Musical Direction/Supervision
Irving Berlin
Composer (Music Score)
LeRoy Stone
Editor
Hans Dreier
Production Designer
Hal Pereira
Production Designer
Sam Comer
Set Designer
Edith Head
Costume Designer
Farciot Edouart
Special Effects
Gordon Jennings
Special Effects
Hermes Pan
Choreography
Wally Westmore
Makeup
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