“I sure wish someone loved me the way you love you.”
A poor co-ed (June Allyson) falls for her college’s football hero (Peter Lawford), but a scheming, self-absorbed gold digger (Patricia Marshall) is determined to snag Lawford for herself.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Gold Diggers
- June Allyson Films
- Peter Lawford Films
- Romantic Comedy
This MGM musical — the first directorial effort of Charles Walters, who went on to helm Easter Parade (1948), The Barkleys of Broadway (1949), Summer Stock (1950), Lili (1953), and High Society (1956) — is the second cinematic adaptation of the similarly-titled 1927 Broadway musical. It’s pure fluff all the way, with a comedically villainous gold digger (Marshall) so in love with herself she intones, “You wonderful creature” while gazing in the mirror:
… and a clueless football star who falls for Allyson while she’s tutoring him in French, invites her to the Prom:
… then promptly reneges on his invitation once Marshall comes prancing back into his life:
Will Allyson forgive Lawson — and should she, really? It matters not a whit, given it’s the songs and dances here that hold front and center:
— though they’re not nearly enough to elevate this silly stock musical to anything other than a mildly nostalgic diversion (one which post-WWII audiences were surely eager to lap up).
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Allyson and Lawford performing “The French Lesson”
- Vibrant Technicolor cinematography and sets
No; you can definitely skip this one.