“How do you account for it — this terrific success?”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
… but was really just one more excuse for a variety of then-popular stars to perform. It’s listed as a Camp Classic in the back of Peary’s book — likely no longer true, but this designation makes sense given how trite and stilted the dialogue and storyline are: boy (Randazzo) meets girl (O’Brien), they have a misunderstanding, boy croons a couple of songs, and the couple reunites by the end.
We’re treated to perhaps the worst ever attempt by a singer (Randazzo) to pretend he’s playing the piano:
… and numerous painful (unsuccessful) attempts at injecting humor:
Meanwhile, one can’t help wondering, what in the heck is that photo of a handsome young guy doing in the top right corner of Randazzo’s dressing room mirror?
Thankfully, the film culminates in a suitably raucous, socks-knocking dance sequence:
… and check out the Black female saxophonist! Could she have been a member of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm?
Redeeming Qualities and Moments: