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It's Always Fair Weather

1hr 41mins
Directed by
Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen
Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Dan Dailey

When Gene Kelly teams with Arthur Freed, Stanley Donen, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green, the result is pure movie-musical alchemy: On the Town, Singin' in the Rain, and the underseen masterpiece It's Always Fair Weather.

Sparkling with wit and exuberant numbers, It's Always Fair Weather centers on three World War II buddies (Kelly, Dan Dailey and Michael Kidd) who vow to reunite for old time's sake in 10 years. They do—and find their friendship has fizzled—until a day of tangling with romance, the fight game, the ad biz, and a new medium called TV restores their bond. Highlights include the buddies' high-spirited romp that uses trash-can lids as dancing shoes, elegant Cyd Charisse's k.o. of a routine with broken-nosed pugilists, and Kelly's joyful, astonishing tap dance on roller skates.