Thursday, March 10, 2011
Written by Guy Bolton, PG Wodehouse (Play), Cole Porter (music? & lyrics)
Directed by Robert Lewis
Starring Bing Crosby, Donald O'Connor, Zizi Jeanmaire, Mitzi Gaynor
a popular tv star teams up with a seasoned broadway star to put a production on. they both have big egos, but are super polite to one another which allows for the mistake of each of them signing a different leading lady. the plot unfolds on a boat bound for new york from paris. they end up falling for the chick the other one signed and a lot of singing and dancing happens to figure out some sort of resolution.
I don't know what I expected of this one. I knew a bit about Porter and it was nice to see O'Connor and Crosby's familiar faces, even though I didn't find a lot of empathy for any of the principals and I found Jeanmarie to be not particularly attractive. While the hook of the story was somewhat unique things played out in an unfortunately-typical (even for then) series of jinks which were more mid than hi. And the last 20 minuts or so strained credulity pretty far.
But, it was still fun. There were some great musical bits in both full length and snippet form. And despite the lack of empathy the leads all carried themselves very well. I don't know; I'm not finding a lot of passion about this one right now. This could be due to the excessive lag between watching it and writing about it; but it could also be due to my general level of fatigue right now. You could do worse.
this was ok. it was a pretty typical old movie. all light and happy dancey musical. i don't really have anything bad to say about it. if you like musical comedies, dancing, or either bing crosby, or donald o'connor this may be worth while to you.