Despite von Meyerinck's over-bearing presence, a must-see musical
Here's worldwide favorite Caterina Valente dancing and singing and giving delightful impersonations. Her Chaplin is a scream, but best of all is her Maurice Chevalier. It's a bit of a shame that the story on which all Caterina's musical triumphs are pinned is serviceable, but a bit of a bore nevertheless, especially when Valente herself is not on the screen and even more especially when the dull and rather foregone plot is over-acted by camera-hoggers like Hubert von Meyerinck. A shouter and a screamer, von Meyerinck is obviously under the impression that although fourth-billed he is actually the star whom we have all paid good money to see and hear. At 98 minutes, the movie is a bit overlong anyway, so I can't understand why editor Juta Herring didn't leave most of von Meyerinck's footage on the cutting-room floor. The dialogue the screenwriters provide him is neither witty nor in most cases super important. We wait impatiently for the return of Caterina, especially as her dance numbers were choreographed by my top favorite and here at the top of his form none other than Billy Daniels!
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