Review: ‘It’s Always Fair Weather’

As well as spoofing television, It's Always Fair Weather also takes on advertising agencies and TV commercials, and what emerges is a delightful musical satire.

As well as spoofing television, It’s Always Fair Weather also takes on advertising agencies and TV commercials, and what emerges is a delightful musical satire.

Betty Comden and Adolph Green, vet scripters of both Broadway and film tuners, present Gene Kelly, Dan Dailey, and Michael Kidd as a trio of former GI buddies who meet 10 years after World War II. Somehow the warm friendship that existed during the war years has deteriorated into a sour reunion as different interests have driven the buddies apart.

Dolores Gray, as the temperamental, syrupy hostess, registers excellently in appearance, emoting and warbling. Kidd, better known as a choreographer, emerges as a seasoned musicomedy performer.

Kelly, Dailey and Kidd score in group routines and Kelly and Dailey have a field day in solo outings. Kelly’s roller skating routine and Dailey’s drunk act at a chi-chi party are standouts. Cyd Charisse has only one terp routine, but she carries it off to perfection.

1955: Nominations: Best Story & Screenplay, Scoring of a Musical Picture,

It's Always Fair Weather

Production

M-G-M. Director Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen; Producer Arthur Freed; Screenplay Betty Comden, Adolph Green; Camera Robert Bronner; Editor Adrienne Fazan; Music Andre Previn; Art Director Cedric Gibbons, Arthur Lonergan

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1955. Running time: 104 MIN.

With

Gene Kelly Dan Dailey Cyd Charisse Dolores Gray Michael Kidd David Burns
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