In Blue Skies the owner of a nightclub (Bing Crosby) and a dancing star (Fred Astaire) are friends turned romantic rivals in this musical featuring the songs of Irving Berlin. The nostalgic, loosely constructed storyline follows the years-long rivalry between two musical stars who love the same woman.
Songs include “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “A Couple of Song and Dance Men,” “You Keep Coming Back Like a Song.”
Actor and tap dancer Paul Draper (1936’s Colleen) originally played the role of Jed in Blue Skies, but was replaced with Fred Astaire several days into production. Draper worked on only one more film, 1948’s The Time of Your Life.
Cast: Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Robert Benchley, Frank Faylen, Olga San Juan
Director: Stuart Heisler
Producer: Sol C. Siegel
Directors of Photography: Charles Lang Jr., William E. Snyder
Editor: LeRoy Stone
Composer: Robert Emmett Dolan
Screenwriter: Arthur Sheekman
Production Designer: Hans Dreier, Hal Pereira
Special Effects: Farciot Edouart, Gordon Jennings, Paul K. Lerpae
Choreographer: Hermes Pan
USA / Paramount / 104 minutes / 1946