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Lowell Blackford (Kay Kyser) is blessed with a gift of music,but also cursed with a hereditary "evil eye" which hypnotizes people,and he is virtually a recluse. He goes in search of a Broadway publisher for a symphonietta he has written, and ends up crashing an audition at the Swing Publishing Company, where he meets torch singer Ginger Gray (Marilyn Maxwell) and her fiance and promoter, Waltzy Malone (William Gargan). Ginger accidently walks off with his music and he follows her to a gym where Waltzy's fighter, "Killer" Kennedy (Nat Pendleton), has just been kayoed by his sparring partner. Waltzy learns of Lowell's hypnotic power and believes that Kennedy can win the championship if Lowell uses his power against the champ. He arranges for Lowell to lead the band at the club where Ginger sings. The latter objects to the role she is to play in getting Lowell to use his "evil eye" but Waltzy persuades her to go along by telling Lowell that Kennedy is her brother and it means everything ...Written by
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This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Thursday 18 April 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11) , followed by Altoona PA 2 May 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), by New Haven CT 10 May 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), by Philadelphia 23 May 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), by Tucson 26 June 1957 on KVOA (Channel 4), by Chicago 1 July 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), by Honolulu 28 July 1957 on WHVH (Channel 13), by Minneapolis 19 October 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), and by San Antonio 5 December 1957 on WOAI (Channel 4); it first aired in San Francisco 19 December 1958 on KGO-TV (Channel 7) and in Seattle 14 January 1959 on KING (Channel 5); its earliest documented telecast in New York City did not take place until 16 August 1963 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »
Plot-heavy MGM musical, not likely to turn up on studio highlights. I suppose war demands account for many shortcomings, like the unlikely Kyser in the lead, shoestring production values from a big-budget studio, and a roster of undistinguished supporting players. Then too, musicals need lightweight stories to coordinate with overall mood. This one can't make up its mind. Too bad that outside of Maxwell, the performances are spotty. Kyser tries manfully but the seams show, nor does the lumpy screenplay help.
Nonetheless, there are some highlights. The production number "I Planted A Rose" shows spunk, along with a classy Lena Horne, a lively Marilyn Maxwell, and hep-cat swingers doing their acrobatic thing. And for fans of 50's sci-fi, there's the lordly Morris Ankrum mugging it up, of all things. Still, the plot's too convoluted for a musical and overshadows many of the more lackluster numbers. All in all, the package remains little more than spotty wartime escape.
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