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The Hollywood Musical: Blue Skies

on BBC Two England

Tonight: the 1946 production Blue Skies
starring Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Joan Caulfield
With Billy De Wolfe, Olga San Juan

A musical comedy about a very pretty girl and the two men who love her, told against the background of many memorable Irving Berlin songs including 'A pretty girl is like a melody,' 'White Christmas,' 'How deep is the ocean,' and of course 'Blue Skies.'
The relations between the people putting on a Broadway show have been the starting point for many a successful Hollywood musical, and Blue Skies is one of these.
It all happens after the first world war, and starts with a vintage musical comedy situation when a dancer, Jed Potter, falls in love with Mary, one of the prettiest girls in the chorus. It's just too bad for Jed that when he takes Mary for a drink in a night-club she meets his friend Johnny Adams.
The singing and dancing talents of Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire and the music and lyrics of Irving Berlin are the major ingredients in Blue Skies, as they were in Holiday Inn, previously seen on BBC-1. Of the other players, Joan Caulfield was last seen on BBC-1 in Dear Ruth, and Billy De Wolfe appeared in London in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
(Colour)

Contributors

Lyrics and music:
Irving Berlin
Screenplay:
Arthur Sheekman
Adaptation:
Allan Scott
Producer:
Sol C. Siegel
Director:
Stuart Heisler
Johnny Adams:
Bing Crosby
Jed Potter:
Fred Astaire
Mary:
Joan Caulfield
Tony:
Billy de Wolfe
Nita:
Olga San Juan

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