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With this kind of lineup, maybe I expected too much. It just wasn't as funny and good as I had anticipated, but still had some good moments.
Some notes from the film:
Stu Erwin's role as the sappy American who gets sick every time he nearly gets married isn't that funny and goes on too long compared to the rest of the "skits." Gracie Allen was humorous with her normal dumb-woman role. W.C. Fields livens up the film whenever he's on screen.
Music-wise, there is an interesting Busby Berkeley-type dance number with pretty women in risqué outfits. Cab Calloway and his band to "Reefer Man," which is pretty good. Young Rose Marie shocked me with her mature-woman, throaty-voice song. I actually liked Rudy Valley's voice in here in the short song he performs.
There really isn't much of a story in here as this movie is mainly a showcase for some comedians and singers.
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