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Virginia Mayo, (Pre) President Ronald Reagan, Gene Nelson, Don DeFore as well as some other excellent supporting performances made this a fantastic musical filled with romance, a bitter jealousy and rivalry, a dirty old chairman of the university board, and a song and dance/gymnastic performance in the latter half of the film by Gene Nelson that was worth the price of admission alone.
Let's face it folks, a 32 year old Virginia Mayo is not hard on the eyes. For the ladies, Gene Nelson as the dancing Don Juan or more appropriately named football star Don Weston is absolutely charming in his scenes with or without his leading lady Angela Gardner aka "Hot Garters Gertie" (Virginia Mayo).
The Professor John Palmer (Ronald Reagan) dearly loves his wife Helen Palmer (Phyllis Thaxter) who is being wooed by her college boyfriend Shep Slade (Don DeFore) that makes Professor Palmer more than just a bit jealous. So for one evening he drinks to get drunk and even as a bad drunk, he still maintains a classy exterior as he jibber jabbers to the blonde student Angela Gardner (Virginia Mayo) and her charming boyfriend Don Weston until such time that his wife Helen shows up at their front door with her old beau Shep Slade now a successful businessman still trying to woo Helen. This is not a dramatic film so the confrontation that takes place between the drunk Professor Palmer and the amorous Shep Slade is quite comical.
There is a musical at the college that must be performed, and the role for the lead female singer/dancer that will partner with the handsome Don Weston on stage is a rivalry between the gorgeous and talented Angela Gardner (Virginia Mayo) and another beautiful lass coyly nicknamed 'Poison' Ivy Williams (Patrice Wymore). A little blackmail is involved, but all works out in the end because as we in Hollywood have come to know..."the show must go on!"
This is a jewel of a film on many fronts, excellent cinematography and colorization, a humorous storyline that involved a weak attempt at blackmail, some fantastic dance sequences (especially Gene Nelson's over the top acrobatic song and dance number in the school gymnasium) a superb cast that made me laugh and quite simply forget the world we live in for the next 104 minutes.
I give the film an excellent 9 out of 10 rating!
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