“Just remember that while it’s your lips that are being kissed, it’s my reputation that will be suffering.”
A suspicious wife (Janis Paige) hires a singer (Doris Day) to impersonate her on a cruise to South America so she can stay behind in New York and spy on her equally suspicious husband (Don DeFore), who meanwhile has hired a private eye (Jack Carson) to spy on “his wife” (Day). When Carson falls for Day and Day’s smitten accompanist (Oscar Levant) comes on board the ship to pursue her anew, the situation gets even more complicated.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- At Sea
- Busby Berkeley Films
- Detectives and Private Eyes
- Doris Day Films
- Jack Carson Films
- Love Triangle
- Marital Problems
- Michael Curtiz Films
- Mistaken or Hidden Identities
- Oscar Levant Films
- Romantic Comedy
I was pleasantly surprised to check out this debut film for Doris Day — directed by Michael Curtiz and Busby Berkeley — in which Day shows ample evidence of the charm and musical talent she would bring to so many of her later films. The storyline is a fluffy rom-com mistaken identity bedroom farce, but it’s cleverly scripted (by Julius and Philip Epstein), well-acted (it’s always nice to see Carson in a lead role), and features fine Technicolor cinematography and enjoyable costume changes at nearly every scene shift. Of particular note is Janis Paige — so memorable in Silk Stockings (1957) — whose severe outfits here match her severe attitude; this isn’t a wife to mess with!
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Doris Day as Georgia Garrett
- Fine supporting performances
- Several enjoyable musical numbers
- Fun costumes
- Beautiful Technicolor cinematography
Yes, for Day’s notable debut performance.
- Historically Relevant
- Noteworthy Performance(s)