Fifteen-year-old Katri Walenska jumps a Polish ship, swims ashore and enters New York illegally. The United States Immigration officials are alerted---the USA still had a functioning ... See full summary »
Fifteen-year-old Katri Walenska jumps a Polish ship, swims ashore and enters New York illegally. The United States Immigration officials are alerted---the USA still had a functioning immigration policy and department when this was filmed---and the search is on. Katri's only possessions are a ten-dollar bill and a letter to her parents' old friend, Jan Poldi, a former Metropolitan Opera star. She finds him in a shabby Greenwich Village apartment. His neighbors in the apartment house are three Broadway hopefuls; pop singer Terry Brennan, hoofer Buddy Fraser and Homer Tirdell and his talented dog Red Dust. (Pardon me, make that four Broadway hopefuls counting the dog.) When Terry hears Katri's magnificent singing voice, she scurries around New York to get her an audition and succeeds in getting her a spot on Don Wilson's televised amateur hour. She wins the contest but unwittingly reveals her true identity as an illegal alien, which causes the arrest of Poldi, Wilson and Dave, Terry's ... Written by
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Title a bit misleading; this IS NOT a stagy musical-review! It's got a real plot and real heart!
The first time I saw this, I kind of didn't like it, mainly because Anna Maria Alberghetti takes some getting used to, and yes, there is some drab parts (like what some make consider overkill of the dog routines), but then I watched it again, and again, and AGAIN! I just saw it about a week ago on Netflix streaming, and I've probably watched it 4 or 5 times already! Yes, I realized that I am hooked! Because this movie is serenely simple---sitcom-simple, and cute! It's in beautiful Technicolor and has been wonderfully preserved, so it's a real treat to the eyes too! Plus, it's a good story!
Unfortunately, the title is a bit misleading (at least, to me), because it makes it sound like this would be one of those stagy, plot less musical review that were so popular in the 1930s and 40s and on into the 1950s. But, not so with this little daisy of a film! It's got a real plot and real heart! And, for any fan of Rosemary Clooney, this is a MUST SEE! She is a sight to behold! I dare say, I think she's the most beautiful woman of the 1950s!! Her kind of beauty is so suited to those dresses and that hair-do she always had throughout the decade! She is just so So beautiful in those house-wifely 1950s fashions and all! And, I don't think you'll ever see a more sophisticated, classy-looking, motherly 20-something year-old, EVER! The women of today should take note!
So, if you watch it the first time and aren't sure of it, watch it again! You'll see that sometimes the simple movies are the best! And, the story is so quaint and sweet and inspiring, the likes of which movie-audiences really don't see anymore---sort of like a "My Man Godfry" meets Little Orphan Annie story.
My only real complaint about this movie is some of the exaggerated facial-expressions and jerky movements of the cast. But, ya get used to it. And, after watching a couple times, I hardly notice.
Also worth noting are the 2 male co-stars that share an apartment in the film. They could be easily interpreted as a gay couple by those of us with some sense of Gaydar. And, it's nice to see that back in the 1950s... no in-your-face stunts, no loud declarations, just two happy men, living a nice life---together. "Real cool!"
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