A filmed performance (in CinemaScope) of the highly popular Broadway hit that was basically a collection of skits, sketches, songs and dances built around a flimsy plot to meld them all ... See full summary »
A filmed performance (in CinemaScope) of the highly popular Broadway hit that was basically a collection of skits, sketches, songs and dances built around a flimsy plot to meld them all together which, for the most part, worked. The plot involves a performer/producer (Ronny Graham)who finds himself in financial difficulties on the eve of opening night because a big check is needed before the curtain can go up. But a wealthy Texan says he will put up the money, if his daughter is in the show and he can see it first. End of plot, but the beginning of the careers of some young and talented people who have had careers across many decades. Ertha Kitt sings four songs, including "C'est Si Bon" and "Santa Baby" in and around some funny skits; "Trip of the Month", "Snake Charmer", "Crazy Man" and "Oedipus Goes South." Graham and Mel Brooks (in his Melvin Brooks days)are credited with most of the sketch material and just the title of the "Oedipus" bit suggests Brooks. There is a burlesque of "... Written by
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I initially saw this on the stage in Chicago after the show left Broadway where it was quite successful for a revue. I remember enjoying it immensely. I then saw the Cinemascope release in 1954 and was pleased that my wife could enjoy it as well. When I found it many years later on VHS and DVD I bought it and have seen it many times. As a musical theatre lover I am delighted that it has been preserved. Of course it is dated and the technical aspects of the filming and copying defects are well brought out by the other reviewers. Eartha Kitt is well represented as is Paul Lynde in two skits, the best a spoof of "Death of a Salesman" and the African travelogue; Robert Clary in two charming songs; Alice Ghostley in "Boston Beguine, hilarious, and yes she can sing!; Ronnie Graham doing a young Truman Capote; several ensemble numbers the best of which is the Lizzy Borden trial. It is clearly apparent that this is a filmed version of the stage show with the added silly plot. Theatre lovers will enjoy a rare opportunity to view an original revue as they were so frequently done in the early twentieth century but are uncommon today. I highly recommend taking a look at it
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