Of Joe Pasternak's 57 MGM productions released between 1942 and 1966, this film was just one of two which failed to garner a contemporary New York Times review. The second movie was Looking for Love (1964). See more »
Child actor playing Artie giggles after inadvertently causing car wreck in which vehicle he is riding runs into another car - hardly the reaction a real child would have. See more »
Mickey Rooney isn't convincing in the role of a nice guy who falls in with a bad crowd. His acting is OK. He just doesn't look the part. Sally Forrest has been better elsewhere.
The plot, told primarily in flashback, is routine: Honest boy in dishonest profession falls for cold, ambitious girl. Murder is involved. The whole nine yards. One has to like jazz to enjoy this. And was Vic Damone, for whom the plot stops while he delivers a number, considered jazz?
On the other hand, the main song, originally delivered in a bizarre duet between Rooney and William Demarest, is a great one. "A Song To Build A Dream ON": Such a gem deserved a better setting.
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