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August 30, 2015
This is a Donald O'Connor film start to finish. He steals the show here from Bing Crosby just as he does from Gene Kelly over in Singin' In The Rain. I'm surprised that they went with Jeanmaire, rather than someone like Cyd Charise. Bing's chemistry here with O'Connor is just as smooth as over in White Christmas with Danny Kaye. The formula is pretty similar. Hijinks ensue.
December 13, 2009
A good musical gets a decent movie adaptation nothing special but it is fun
½ August 17, 2014
Bing & Donald O'Connor always make for a good time!
April 2, 2013
A disappointing flop with no real tie to the play at all.
November 26, 2011
same songs and color but i still prefer the 1936 version of this
November 24, 2011
I've always enjoyed this musical. It isn't top form, but it has some very good moments. The songs are great, the cast are credible, but there is just something missing - maybe a spark, something intangibly more....That said, Bing Crosby, DOnald O'Conner and Mitzi Gaynor are reliably great with what they do. Zizi Jeanmaire, well, that's the issue with this production - it feels like she was totally repressed, as if she wanted to bust out all over the place, and so many times her performance feels pressured and forced. Too bad, she's adorable. Overall, a good and diverting musical!
November 24, 2011
Gonna Watch it tonight!!! sooo happyyy
November 20, 2011
They threw out the original's story for another rehashed story about people trying to produce a show, barely able to connect the songs together. Watch the original. Better yet, get tickets for the play.
July 17, 2010
Liked this movie, love musicals and hearing the song 'De-lovely'. Overall, thought it to be a light hearted musical.
May 3, 2010
If it ain't broke, break it! This film just doesn't work on so many levels. A lackluster film version of the stage musical had been done in 1936... it is puzzling why they would decide to "remake" it, and in the process remake the same mistakes (and then some) from the first go-round. One of the critiques of the 1936 version was that Cole Porter's score was hacked down to the main popular songs, and other songs were written by lesser composers that didn't have the same impact. Well, guess what they did again in 1956? BUT -- to add insult to injury, they also abandoned the original stage script by Guy Bolton & P. G. Wodehouse & Howard Lindsay & Russell Crouse and wrote a completely new story. And a lame one at that: Two guys are co-starring in a show, and inadvertently they both hire leading ladies, ending up with one actress too many. As they contend with whom to fire, they each fall in love with the other's hire. The solution is so mind-numbingly obvious, the film has no surprises. The only thing I enjoyed (but still found not used to full effect) was the device of the foreign sailors walking in front of Crosby and O'Connor, drowning out the 'brilliant' plans being hatched behind them. Beyond that, the stars are fine, they can sing and dance, but we've seen them all do this schtick before to greater effect in much better films.
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½ December 16, 2009
The music is great and it has Bing and Donald O'Connor but some spark is just missing from this. Jeanmarie might be a super dancer but lacks any real star charisma and Mitzi's eyebrows at certain points have to be seen to be believed! Not terrible but a miss.
September 7, 2009
Not a bad film, good in places.
½ June 26, 2009
Dedicated fan of musicals, especially the older book musicals. When the transition from stage to screen of a great stage show is as pathetic as this one, it comes as an unexpected, unpleasant surprise. The treatment of Cole Porter's music is a felony.
They should have left this in the can and floated it over the falls.
December 13, 2008
while this isn't an especially original film, it's still wonderfully enjoyable. the characters were interesting, the relationships showed some semblance of depth (unlike many other of this film's musical contemporaries), and the plot and dialogue were engaging and entertaining. part Golden Age musical, part zany romantic comedy, part Cole Porter revue. really a fun movie.
½ November 29, 2008
the play was way batter
March 13, 2007
I love this movie!!!
September 22, 2006
I did not really like this movie.
October 1, 2006
Classified as a classic = Interested.
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