Karanina "Nina" Novak (Anne Shirley), is befriended by Nifty (Ray Bolger), the leader of a four-piece orchestra, and in return, secures an engagement for them at the Little Aregal Cafe, with herself as the vocalist, by pretending she once knew the King or Aregal back in the old country. Steve (Dezi Arnaz) shows up pretending to be the King of Aregal, and complicates the growing romance between Nina and Nifty. When Steve runs off with Opal (June Havoc), the real King of Aregal (also Dezi Arnaz) appears and complicates things again. Written by
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Desi Arnaz's autobiography suggests that the director of this film, Jack Hively, was a complete idiot who knew nothing about directing despite the fact that he was an editor before he took the job. Hively - despite not being mentioned by name in the book - would reportedly embarrass actors and put them through several long takes of the same monologues from the same angle knowing that there would have to be cuts to other angles made at some point. See more »
This ain't no MGM musical, that's for sure. It is an early example of a vanity vehicle, in this case for rubber-limbed Ray Bolger, who would be much better served in other efforts, like THE WIZARD OF OZ and WHERE'S CHARLEY and THE HARVEY GIRLS. The plot, as such, is hoary and speeds by like a freight train. Ray and his pals, who make up a low-brow musical combo and live together in one big room, take in a homeless girl (Anne Shirley, who looks like she just stepped out of Saks Fifth Avenue) and strike it big with her as their new lead singer. Forgettable. Too bad it was made during the era of censorship. The bit with Shirley shacking up with four grown (and presumably horny) men in a single room had some real comic potential.
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