Out-of-work swing band maneuvers a gig working for a political campaign, by drawing in and entertaining prospective voters at rallies. The candidate is really a stooge for a corrupt political machine, which discovers the band's handsome and appealing singer would make a better stooge. Meanwhile, romance blossoms between the band's singers. When election day approaches, the band's singer wants out of the campaign, but the machine threatens to smear him and his pals in the band if he quits. Written by
Vivian Blaine, looking lovely at age 25, has the lead role in this musical, which also stars Perry Como, and both of them perform their musical numbers pleasantly and competently.
Phil Silvers is, of course, Phil Silvers, playing exactly the same character he played in many other films.
It should have been a crime not to film Carmen Miranda in Technicolor. Her production number cries out for color.
Harry James has a speaking part, portraying the band leader (what a stretch). He also performs vocally in some of the songs.
Edgar Buchanan (better known to us as Uncle Joe in the TV series "Petticoat Junction") is the quintessential politician blowhard.
The musical score is done by veteran songsmiths Josef Myrow (You Make Me Feel So Young) and Edgar "Eddie" De Lange (Darn That Dream, Moon Glow). While none of the tunes seems to have survived to present day, nor made the status of "standard", the songs are pleasant and typical fare for that time.
Forget that this film is a remake of another. So what else wasn't new in Hollywood. It's a bit of fluff in the same vein as all of the other 20th Century Fox musicals of the 1940s. So if you like those musicals, you'll enjoy this one too. The only big flaw is lack of Technicolor.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?