Saturday, July 20, 2002


This moderately enjoyable piece of fluff features Doris Day in her first leading role. I'm not much for Day, but I'm finding that I like her in her earlier films. They may not have the star power and budgets of her later work, but they are lighter and more frivolous--even a later frothy comedy like PILLOW TALK often feels labored. In this one, she plays a singer (living with her young son and an uncle) trying to establish a career in New York City. Jack Carson is an agent who is about to lose his meal ticket, singer Lee Bowman, who is striking out on his own. Carson discovers Day and takes her out to Hollywood to make her a star. He enlists the aid of friend Eve Arden--as usual, Arden is wonderful, but underused. Her delivery can make almost any tired line of dialogue seem fresh. Day gets romantically involved with Bowman, much to Carson's chagrin, and he tries to break them up. There's not much more to it than that. A couple of the songs are interesting. One, "Tic Tic Tic," is a peppy song about radioactivity and geiger counters! Another, a song sung for Day's little boy, is set to one of Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsodies. Bugs Bunny makes a cameo appearance in an animated dream sequence. S. Z. Sakall and Adolphe Menjou are also featured.

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