Looking For Love
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In 1960, a bright young cast made college musicals hip again with the surf-sand-and-sexcapade Where the Boys Are. Two graduates of that smash hit - Connie Francis and Jim Hutton - reunite for this kooky comedy about a girl who can't decide if she wants to be a star (she sings), a housewife (babies! 'burbs!) or an entrepreneur (she's invented a doohickey to keep clothes from wrinkling). A host of stars - including Where the Boys Are's George Hamilton, Yvette Mimieux and Paula Prentiss - pop up in cameos. And add another well-known face: Johnny Carson makes his big-screen debut playing himself interviewing our ditzy heroine on The Tonight Show.
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Her follow up movie, given top billing, was filled with so many silly subplots, Connie sing only 3 songs including the hit title.
"Looking For Love" is the only one of her 4 movies where Francis is really the star. Unfortunately she is hampered by a weak and somewhat silly script. The movie is a throwback to the screwball comedies of the 30s with Francis playing a singer who decides to give show biz one more shot and if she fails, she dreams of marrying a doctor and having lots of babies. She invents a contraption called "The Lady Valet" to hang clothes on for women on the go to wear the next morning to work which interests her roommate's (Susan Oliver) co-worker (Jim Hutton from Where The Boys Are". Francis misconstrues his interest for love. Enter Cuz Rickover, a grocery clerk and bass fiddle player (Joby Baker) who falls immediately for Connie after she destroys the grocery store. She is a last minute replacement on a Danny Thomas special for Gaye Swinger (Barbara Nichols, also from Where The Boys Are"). Not fully rehearsed, her musical number turns into another quite funny fiasco. I won't give the "tag" away, but Francis believes she'll know true love when she is kissing, she will hear bells ringing. The ending is weak.
Francis underestimates her ability. She displays a deft comic timing and while the rest of the cast is completely lost, she holds the movie together with her crazy antics and her marvelous singing. This is the only movie where she sings more songs than the other three. Fans won't be disappointed. Besides the title track, highlights are "When The Clock Strikes Midnight" sang on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. "This Is My Happiest Moment" is marred by extraneous noise such as bar blenders, shouting waiters. In her final number, beautifully choreographed violinists accompany the perfectly made up Francis "Whoever You Are I Love You".
Connie made one more movie before terminating her acting career in the third and most dismal remake of "Girl Crazy", a muddled, cheap looking B movie. Also along for the ride in small cameos are several "Where The Boys Are" co-stars: Paula Prentiss and Yvette Mimieux.
If you are a fan new to her movies and want to see her in the forefront "Looking For Love" is the movie to get. Digitally remastered for movies on demand, you won't be disappointed.
A movie that showcases her tremendous voice and her wonderful comic timing. Faults aside, a thoroughly enjoyable movie.
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