B.G. Bruno, a rich bachelor, the head of a successful greeting-card company in Scotland, is essentially a kind man but respectable to the point of stodginess and extreme stuffiness. An ... See full summary »
B.G. Bruno, a rich bachelor, the head of a successful greeting-card company in Scotland, is essentially a kind man but respectable to the point of stodginess and extreme stuffiness. An American troupe visiting Edinburgh wants to produce a musical in town but has trouble getting backers. Bruno meets several of the leading ladies of the show; through a misunderstanding he doesn't correct they think that he's a newspaper reporter. He falls in love with one of the women, who reciprocates; he grows more lively and friendly, to the surprise of his employees. After a series of mishaps and comic incidents comes a happy ending: a successful show and true love. Written by
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Any movie that gives me a chance to watch VERA-ELLEN dance is worth giving it a view, in my opinion--so I watched this little musical comedy pairing her with charming David NIVEN. It's the old mistaken identity theme played to the hilt by a cast that includes CESAR ROMERO as a harried musical producer with financial woes.
Unfortunately, a clumsily staged opening Scottish number gets the musical off to a bad start with a distinct lack of charm and bad staging. The backers don't seem too enthusiastic about giving Romero a chance to go on with his show--and it's understandable. "Half of you dance as if you're flat footed," he tells the dancers.
When his star walks out, he has no other choice but to turn to VERA-ELLEN...get the picture? Especially after rumors link her with a millionaire in Scotland (David NIVEN) who might provide the right financial backing for Romero's show.
The story is obviously a showcase for VERA-ELLEN and on that level it's a bit of a disappointment. She's pert, pretty and knows how to dance. But poor David NIVEN, as the millionaire, has to wait a good half-hour before he even makes an appearance. He ambles through his role with professional ease, but it's a trifle and he knows it.
Unfortunately, the concentration on a backstage plot doesn't pay off. It's tiresome stuff and the musical numbers are banal, none of the songs making a lasting impression.
Given that it's played as a musical comedy, perhaps that's why the color is a little more garish than usual for a British film.
Summing up: At your own risk. Not a bit of inspiration in any of Vera-Ellen's musical numbers.
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