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it's always fair weather
- kevin sellers
I appreciate Donen, Kelley, Previn and Comden/Green's efforts to make a largely downbeat musical. Certainly a risky move for the 50s, and the studio paid for it. But previous reviewer Oliver Cutshaw really nailed it for me when he wrote that this movie is a cheat. Don't know about you, but when I watch a film starring Kelley and Cyd Charisse I expect to see at least two great dance routines featuring the both of them. What do we get here? Nada. I'm surprised that, among TCM reviewers, only Mr. Cutshaw was outraged by this. And I'm fairly sure audiences at the time didn't care for it, either. However, there are enough good moments of disillusionment and outright hostility set to dance and song to make this one of the more offbeat musicals you'll ever see. So, let's give it a generous B minus for trying to break out of the 50s rhythmic mold of "perky" (Yeah, I'm talking about you, Ms. Day.) P.S. I'd forgotten what a good actor Dan Dailey was and what a lousy actress Ms. Charisse was.
Second Rate Movie
- Jim Smith
Get rid of of the early Kelly and Dailey dialogue and it would be an OK movie. Kelly always seemed to greatly enjoy playing a total jerk.
- Oliver Cutshaw
Fascinating movie. It is an unsteady mix. Part fun loving musical, part cynical observation on the post war years, and part satire on television. The Dancing is wonderful, some very snappy dialogue, and even a few meaningful scenes on the toll the years take on friendship and on our self-image. Everybody is great but the film just does not quite work.Seen it many times and cannot figure out why. But a few obvious points, Cyd and Gene never dance. Two great movie dancers and no dance sparkling dance. The television section, is funny and Ms. Gray's song is wonderful, but it seems too flip and cynical. Pacing is odd: film starts out like a thunderbolt with the great trash can lid dance, how can you top that???? Then lulls, picks up again then lulls. Gene Kelly's character is a bit awkward too. He is so mean and snide, and corrupt, that you just don't really think that he is the "good guy" in the rollerskating scene.Wonderful movie to watch. But always leaves me smiling and puzzled.
I LOVE THIS MOVIE!
- Patti Schade
Everyone does a marvelous job in this movie! The dancing of Gene Kelly, Dan Dailey, Cyd Charisse and Michael Kidd is out of this world. The routines that each were given as well as the ones together is truly a joy to watch. The plot is also very enjoyable and relevant. If anyone has ever gone to a re-union, they relate. The movie rings true.The musical scenes are the cherry on top!
Love Gene Kelly
I am a 20 year old college student and I must say I love TCM. But Gene Kelly films are my favorite. He is pure genuis. And I happy that TCM exist for me to watch old movies with great plots and characters...LOVE TCM!!!!
Arrasou Gene Kelly
Este filme arrassa. As msicas so excelentes e o Gene Kelly em cada filme est cada vez melhor.
GENE KELLY MADE ANY WEATHER FAIR WEATHER!!!
I love the tap routines in this movie--the opening number GENE does with Dan Daily and Michael Kidd with trash can lids is so fun to watch. And the tap number that GENE does on rollerskates amazed me all over again! I like the plot of this movie. Watching a ten-year period played out as three friends realize the changes that have taken place have practically made them strangers. But my most favorite scene in this movie is the night club brawl that"Ted Riley" encounters with the "fix-it-thugs." I have read one of the biographies about GENE and learned that he use to get into lots of fights, and sometimes would even start them himself. He didn't take much off of anyone and was quick to respond with a fist if necessary. But I couldn't picture him that way with that extremely gorgeous face that made women swoon, his sensual, romantic personality, and his amazing dancing talent. But this movie helped me see just how tough he must have really been (even though he was acting out a part) and that makes me an even bigger fan of his. This is a good movie to watch if one wants to know the the other multiplicity of talents that GENE KELLY possesses!