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From the opening frames when star Doris Day, donned in a tux, ala Eleanor Powell, sings and dances her way delightfully through Cole Porter's "Just One of Those Things", the audience is whisked away on a melodic journey. The songs come fast and furious thereby capably keeping the audience from realizing they'd seen the story done before and that the chemistry between Miss Day and co-star Gene Nelson is more like that between a brother and a sister than two sweethearts.
Doris Day arrives in America to visit her mother who she has been led to believe is a great American star. The plot deals with the efforts of those around her in preventing her from realizing the truth. In the meantime Doris meets talented dancer Nelson, they fall in love, and by the end of the picture Day is rendering the ultimate version of the title tune in a lavish number that'll leave a smile on everyones' face.
After only three years of making films, Doris Day easily proves why her rise to superstardom was accompished so quickly. While there is little to challenge her thespian skills, she makes the most of the opportunities presented and is completely winning and natural. It's during the musical sequences that she shows why she was Warner Brothers best musical asset in the late 40's and early 50's. No one else could come close.
Gene Nelson is a very talented and athletic dancer.Read more ›
Melinda Howard (Doris Day) a young up-and-coming musical star, has just arrived back in New York, totally unaware that her mother Jessica (Gladys George), once the biggest star on Broadway, is now singing in a dingy tavern. The mansion which Jessica used to own has now been taken over by a rich brewery magnate and his wife (S.Z. Sakall and Florence Bates).
Old-time vaudevilians Lefty and Gloria (Billy DeWolfe and Anne Triola), now the butler and maid of the house, take Melinda under their wing and uphold the ruse that Jessica is just 'out of town'...
Complications arise when Melinda finds herself on the cusp of Broadway fame, just as Jessica's cover is blown! Gene Nelson co-stars as the brash and confident dancer who falls in love with Melinda.
Doris Day as usual gives her all in the lead role. Gladys George was a perfect casting choice for Melinda's washed-up alcoholic mother and Florence Bates is fun in one of her trademark 'society matron' roles. Billy DeWolfe, S.Z. Sakall and Gene Nelson would go on to co-star with Doris Day again in the successful TEA FOR TWO (both movies were made and released in the same year and were big box office drawcards for Warners).
A top Hollywood musical.
I had the opportunity to attend a lecture by her co-star Gene Nelson. Gene, an incredibly talented gymnast ( never seen in any of his movies, unfortunately) and dancer, he said that of all the women he had worked with, Doris day was the most talented partner ever. Please enjoy this great film .
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Movie plays for about 15 minutes and then gets stuck. Just shows black screen with no sound. I tried it several times, but no luck even in fast forward. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Linda K Long
One of the worst movies ever, unless all you're looking for is singing and dancing. The plot is...well, stupid. BUT, great songs and dance.Published 9 months ago by boulderk
I LOVE Doris Day. Even though this movie is a little short and the plot a little forced, I still like seeing Ms. Day singing and dancing.Published 16 months ago by Sammie10
I had to watch this movie after reading the reviews on here and elsewhere + I'm a big fan of Doris Day. I enjoy this movie, however, it's not my favorite Doris Day movie. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Tiffy
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