A definition of a 1930's through 50's musical. Though the plot is a little underdeveloped even for a musical, it's heart is it's diverse array of music and art. The characters aren't super-memorable, except for one or two, but each one has a unique way of entertaining the audience. It has some humor, and the musical sequences are over the top. I rate this so high as a music lover and I love old media more than anyone I know, but I will admit the plot is quite typical, and has been recycled for nearly a century, but the music and dancing of the film is the best I've heard from the 40's era so far, and I've listened to a lot of that stuff. The performances are just as good as the music, with some great dancing, yet can be awkward and weird to many of this century about a third of the time. They are also over the top, and are long-breathed, with the only lengthy delay between numbers somewhere in the middle. Each musical number is in high contrast from the other, and the last one is of epic proportions, that blowed me away in several ways. The best character would be Fats Waller, who is very colorful, yet his part is short lived, being in only 3 or so scenes, but he performed my favorite song in this film, which when I found on YouTube, got me to watch this musical just for Fats Waller. I recommend this film to anyone that hasn't seen many black and white films, because this really is a great example of what a lot are like... So yes, you can say this is a typical film, but it's one of those typical films that has it's own twist to make it worthwhile.