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The Sky's the Limit (1943)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 13 July 1943 (USA)
Flying Tiger Fred Atwell sneaks away from his famous squadron's personal appearance tour and goes incognito for several days of leave. He quickly falls for photographer Joan Manion, ... See full summary »

Director:

Edward H. Griffith

Writers:

Frank Fenton (original screenplay), Lynn Root (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred Astaire ... Fred Atwell aka Fred Burton
Joan Leslie ... Joan Manion
Robert Benchley ... Phil Harriman
Robert Ryan ... Reginald Fenton
Elizabeth Patterson ... Mrs. Fisher
Marjorie Gateson ... Canteen Hostess
Freddie Slack Freddie Slack ... Freddie Slack - Leader of His Orchestra
Freddie Slack and His Orchestra Freddie Slack and His Orchestra ... Freddie Slack's Orchestra
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Storyline

Flying Tiger Fred Atwell sneaks away from his famous squadron's personal appearance tour and goes incognito for several days of leave. He quickly falls for photographer Joan Manion, pursuing her in the guise of a carefree drifter. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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Here's a thrill, new and gay! It's a dance filled holiday!


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lookout Below See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Cut from the film was a home-front-flavored swing number, "Harvey, the Victory Garden Man" (music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by Johnny Mercer), sung by Ella Mae Morse to the backing of Freddie Slack and His Orchestra. See more »

Goofs

Before entering Phil's office, Fred buys a golden delicious apple. When he enters the office, he has a red delicious apple. See more »

Quotes

Joan Manion: You know, purely in a sociological way, you interest me. A little.
Fred Atwell: Well, it's a beginning, isn't it?
Joan Manion: Don't get me wrong! What interests me is this passion you seem to have for having your picture taken.
Fred Atwell: Let's talk it over.
[to bartender]
Fred Atwell: I'll have the same, please.
Joan Manion: You know, I'm supposed to be taking pictures of celebrities.
Fred Atwell: Couldn't I be the fellow who never gets his name mentioned? The one they call 'a friend'? You know: 'Ginger Rogers - and friend.'
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Reptilicus (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

My Shining Hour
(uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Joan Leslie (dubbed by Sally Sweetland)
Danced by Fred Astaire, Joan Leslie
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Definitely a gem!
28 October 2000 | by diana-2See all my reviews

I love this movie. Great, funny dance routines and a nice, light plotline which somehow keeps you smiling all the way through. Great songs by Johnny Mercer like "Shining Hour" and "I've Got a Lot in Common With You!" Joan Leslie and Fred Astaire have a great chemistry and their dances hold dramatic interest as well. Great writing, with a nice performance by Robert Benchley.

Definitely one of Astaire's best. But consider that I hate all his dances with Cyd Charisse. Joan Leslie is funny and cute and keeps Fred smiling. She keeps up with Fred nicely in the dance routines which are nice and light for the most part. Best dance routine is "I've Got A Lot In Common With You!" The songs have those great Johnny Mercer lyrics.. Definitely a winner!


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