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Bob Hope reprises his role as Huckleberry Haines which he played in the Jerome Kern musical which opened on Nov. 18, 1933 at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York and ran for 295 performances. See more »

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Version of Roberta (1935) See more »

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You're Devastating
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Otto A. Harbach
Sung by John Davidson
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Truly dated '60's, missing the classic'30's touch.
2 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Setting this in the time it was made may have updated it for broadcast, but it's missing the '30's class. Already done twice on screen, this filmed stage production mixes '60's psychedelic fashions and big hair-do's with a Bob Hope special. His scenes are exactly like what you would see on one of his hundreds of TV specials, not showing what he was at all like during his obscure Broadway years. Hope tosses in 60's references that date instantly. Having done the show 36 years before, he's obviously changes styles of comedy as often as models changed styles of clothes, and he ends up being out of place in what is essentially an update of a very obscure show with a well remembered score.

The actual leads are Michelle Lee and John Davidson, co-heirs to the fashion house of Davidson's aunt (Ann Shoemaker). Having left an unsigned will, Aunt Minnie wanted to leave the building to Davidson and the business to Lee. Janis Paige joins two other stage "Mame's" (Ginger Rogers and Ann Miller) as a phony Russian, providing the sass. Snippets of most of the Jerome Kern/Otto Harbach score breaks up Hope's stand- up which is often a bit of a commercial or his opportunities to drop names, including his old pal Crosby. The musical highlight is Paige's very energetic "I Won't Dance" production number, choreographed almost in a disco style that is quite unintentionally funny, a camp classic to rival many 1960's variety special dance numbers.

Although this is stylishly filmed in color, it suffers from a cliff note style script that doesn't improve over the book that was praised as touching, funny and romantic, not filled with schtick and openings for Hope's stale jokes. But the presence of an audience does add charm, although it is obvious that this was meant to be a one nighter and not an extended or even limited run.


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